Gendarmerie investigations revealed that the new cars that are manufactured from 2014 are the most exposed to traffic accidents, and that the new driving license holders are the most involved in road terrorism, while the gendarmerie units dropped the right to drive for more than one million and 600 thousand drivers during 2017, which is equivalent to depriving 7,000 drivers a day, due to the withdrawal or retention of their driving licenses, for a limited period, as radars detected over 700.000 violations of camouflaged vehicles and motorcycles.
Colonel Mohamed Triki, director of the formed units at the Gendarmerie leadership, confirmed Monday, during the presentation of the annual outcome of the activity of road security services, that the traffic accidents witnessed a decrease, as it reached 27.31% in 2017, confirming that the achieved results proved the adopted strategy to reduce traffic accidents to 30%.
“There were 10,050 traffic accidents last year, killing 2913 people and injuring more than 18,000, in 29 accidents, and 8 deaths and 50 injuries per day. The main causes of these incidents are 85.95% due to the drivers, then pedestrians and the condition of vehicles, which confirms that the human factor is behind the cause of high traffic accidents”.
Director of the formed units said that the common transport vehicles for goods, taxis and passengers’ transport broke the record in traffic accidents, causing 2790 accidents, which led to the killing of 959 people and injuring 5624 others. On this basis, the spokesman says it is decided to confront these vehicles, through tightening control on them.
He warned of the use of excessive speed, being the main reason for raising the toll of traffic accidents, asserting that out of a total of more than 16.700 drivers who are involved in traffic accidents, gendarmerie services registered 10.470 drivers in the category of drivers less than 5 years, including 7000 drivers with less than two years’ driving license.
On the other hand, Colonel Triki explained that the technology of camouflaged cars and motorcycles that is used since 2014 has paid off by deterring reckless and reducing the danger of road terrorism and raising traffic violations, especially the dangerous maneuvers, and manual use of mobile phones while driving, resulting in the release of fines in billions of dinars.
“Over 7000 violations and misdemeanors in traffic law led to the withdrawal of driving licenses and were made by means of camouflaged vehicles, radars, and telemeters, while more than 161.000 minutes of traffic violations were issued, and are related to technical control.
In addition, more than 1.668.000 driving licenses were withdrawn, after recording more than 889,000 traffic violations, while the State Treasury collected more than DZD 339 million.