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October 18, 2017. Car accident in Kharkiv, 5 people died
Did you know that the number of people who annually die as a result of car accidents in Ukraine is equivalent to the numbed of soldiers that died during the whole period of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas? And if we take the figures for the first 9 months of this year, we will see that the number of those who died in the vehicle accidents is 12 times more than the war casualties.
But let us talk about the accidents, because today this issue is very topical. According to data from National Police, 117 thousand road accidents occurred for 9 months of this year. This figure increased by 8.8% compared to 2016. 2,317 people died on the roads. Again, this is more than last year.
An average of 428 incidents per day are reported, in which 8 people die, another 92 are injured.
Statistics for September is even more horrific. The growth of incidents, including fatalities, is even greater than for a year.
Running over a pedestrian is the most common cause of death in an accident. And the statistics of such cases only increased for the year.
772 people died on the roads for January-September due to the driver’s fault. At the same time, the indicator for the year decreased by 28%. In Kharkiv region, there were only three lethal cases for this reason during 9 months. By the way, due to the fault of pedestrians 82 people died in road accidents; this is 34% less than last year.
Today, Ukrainians use to complain about the unsatisfactory state of the roads as a cause of mortality. So, according to police, this reason appears only in 352 road accidents, in which 17 people died. 352 accidents in 117 thousand is 0.3%. People got hurt in only 75 out of these 352 road accidents.
And now we came to the most interesting part – the reasons for the accident. Alcohol dropped for almost 50%, 74 people died due to alcohol. Exceeding the speed - 200% increase, killing 44 people. And if we add an excess of safe speed here, we get 499 casualties. And this is the fifth part of all deaths on the road.
These things happen on our roads. I do not want to start moralizing people, but the increase in the number of car accidents that occurred due to speeding is striking. The number of victims of these accidents is shocking. It is time to be more concerned about the situation on the Ukrainian roads.