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Road safety: Over 3 deaths per day on Tunisia’s roads

Tunisia has recorded over 3 deaths a day from road accidents since the start of the current year, according to figures released by the National Road Safety Observatory on its website. The Observatory indicated that the number of deaths due to road accidents recorded from the beginning of the year to mid-September 2023 reached 840, up 18% compared with the same period last year (711 deaths). A total of 3,864 traffic accidents were reported during the same period, an average of 15 per day. A drop of 213 accidents compared with last year. These accidents resulted in 5,439 injuries, compared with 5,963 in 2022, down by 524 compared with the same period. According to the observatory’s data, the most affected regions are as follows: The governorate of Sfax topped the list with 107 deaths, followed by the governorate of Tunis with 67 deaths, then the governorate of Nabeul (54) and finally the governorate of Sousse (53). The highest number of road deaths was registered on national roads (217 deaths), followed by regional roads (142) and local roads (133). Inattention and lack of vigilance are the main causes with an estimated rate of 41.33%, the National Road Safety Observatory considered. Speeding was the second most common cause, accounting for 16% of accidents, while failure to give way came third, accounting for 8.36% of accidents recorded up to September 14. Speeding was the main cause of death in these accidents, with 254 fatalities, while inattention and lack of vigilance caused the highest number of injuries (1,924).

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse