In 2018, there were recorded 8,480 road accidents compared to 11,098 in 2017. This is according to the most recent statistics by the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)
The report also estimated that the cause of accidents was because of the following.
- Human error (76.8 percent)
- Technical malfunctions (15.7
- Problems with the quality of roads and their maintenance (2.7
One of the primary causes of road accidents in Egypt is the youth under the age of 25 years.
The decrease in road accidents is because of improved road infrastructure according to the report. It also however, stressed on an increase of train accidents by 14 percent, reaching 20.44 in 2018.
The Egyptian government has allocated a great sum into developing road networks but Egypt still struggles with an exhaustive traffic and driving problem.
Many drivers do not abide by internationally recognized conventions of driving. These conventions include driving in respective lanes, keeping a distance from other vehicles during traffic and ensuring that they wear seatbelts.
In Egypt, youths especially are particularly well-known for tailgating or racing.
Other dangerous practices in big cities include
- Driving while under the influence (alcohol, tramadol and hashish are most common).
- Not wearing a seat-belt.
- Being distracted and on
- Driving sleep deprived which is the most common fault of truck and bus drivers in the country.
It is estimated, that car accidents lead the global cause of death among youth in the world. This especially affects those between the age of 5 and 29 years old. This ultimately makes death related diseases more deadly than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and other diseases.
In Uganda, Vivo Energy and NTV Uganda have been recognised for their award-winning initiative called the Tweddeko road safety campaign that ran in 2017. The campaign was geared towards educating road users about safety and inspiring behavioural change on the roads.
The Virtual University of Uganda, is also organising a similar road safety educational campaign through an e-conference. The e-coference on health and safety will start on 29 May 2019. The theme of this event is “Health and Safety Challenges In East Africa: Road Traffic Safety for the Public Good.” Learn more about the e-conference and how to participate here