ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Some 5,118 people died in traffic accidents in
Ethiopia during the just concluded 2017/18 fiscal year that
ended on July 8, the country’s transport authority disclosed on
According to the authority, the number of people killed and the
rate of accidents occurred registered major increases during the
period—the number of people killed increased from 4,500 to 5,118
while a record number of close to 41,000 traffic accidents were
registered during the 2017/18 fiscal year.
7,754 people had also sustained serious physical injuries from
traffic accidents across the country, while some 7,775 others
had light injuries, according to the report of the Ethiopian
Federal Transport Authority.
authority also indicated that Ethiopia’s rate of traffic
incidents during the just concluded fiscal year has registered a
6-percent increase as compared with the previous year.
Ethiopia has one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in the
world, deadly traffic accidents are fairly common with bad
roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax
enforcement of road safety blamed.
growing economy and a rising middle class, the East African
nation has for the past several years also recorded an average
of more than 10 percent growth in vehicle numbers.