TEHRAN, Apr. 3 (Mehr News Agency) - At least 420 people lost their lives in Iran's road accidents during the first twelve days of the Iranian New Year, which began on March 21st, police reported.
Exceeding the speed limit and not fastening the back seat belt were the main factors which account for a majority of traffic fatalities, police reports said.
Police statistics also showed that 827 road accidents were recorded during the first 5 days of the Iranian calendar year and over 23,000 vehicles were impounded in the same period.
In Iran road accidents are estimated to claim the lives of over 25,000 people each year. Every year as the Iranian people celebrate the renewal of spring, there is a large increase in the number of holiday trips and that is when the casualty toll on the roads mount.
According to official statistics, in 1385 (ended March 2007) one hundred people were killed every day in road accidents during the holiday season.
Due to the enormous improvements in road safety provided by the police forces, death toll of car crashes has reached 32 during this year's Noruz holidays.
Based on the 2006 report of the WHO, "Death toll of car crashes will increase by 60% in developing countries by 2020".
In comparison to the same period last year, there was over 15% decrease in Iran's road casualties during the holidays.
There was 28% increase in number of vocations during the New Year holidays compared to the same period last year, Mohamad-Sharif Malek-Zadeh, deputy head of Cultural Heritage Organization told the Mehr News Agency recently.
Iranians have made a total of 64,423,657 vacations over the first week of the holidays, Malek-Zadeh said.
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