ashhad, Khorassan prov, April 10, IRNA -- An official said here Saturday that over 4,900 automobile-related accidents have involved students in the last two years.
Head of Education Ministry's Health Affairs Ebrahim Shariat-Jafari said "of the sum 90 accidents resulted in students death."
He said that due to inappropriate behavior and lack of information many of 26,000 accident related-fatalities for last year were among youth.
He referred to the World Health Organization (WHO) slogan that a 'safe road does not have accidents' and stressed on the importance of a healthy and balanced life style for the youth.
A Road and Transportation Ministry official said here last month that traffic accidents claimed over 21,000 fatalities in the Iranian year of 1381 (ended March 20, 2002).
Speaking at a ministry-sponsored traffic safety seminar, Deputy Minister for Road Maintenance Ahmad Majidi said the figure includes 15,750 people who were killed in accidents on intra-city roads with 5,250 losing their lives on inter-city roads.
He said that Iran Coroner Organizations has estimated the accidents-related fatalities to rise to over 26,000 during the current year.
"A way to reduce fatalities is to build more freeways and four-line highways in the country.". Over 80 percent of the dead are between 20-30 years of age, Majidi said.
He said the number of accidents is 400,000 annually, 'of which 96 percent occurs on intra-city roads'.
Majidi said the average annual increase of accident-related fatalities is 15.1 percent adding over five million vehicles ply the national roads and 850,000 automobiles are added to the figure annually.
Based on official figures, Iran ranks first in auto-related fatalities in the world, said Iran's Coroners Office in a bulletin here last month.
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