ceemac

Shake It Baby...
Turkish Road Fatalities
'Between 5-6,000 people die in traffic accidents in Turkey each year, which is more than the loss of life in terrorist incidents or natural disasters, Turkey Traffic Safety Foundation President Ekrem Bulgun has said.'

I was a little surprised at this because I thought it would be higher, having witnessed the standard of driving in Turkey.

When you consider that the population of Turkey is around 72m, the UK, with a population of about 61m, has 3-4000 fatal road deaths annually. When you work that out even roughly, the standard of driving in the UK must be as bad if not worse?

An interesting aside to that is the fact that more Turks are killed on the roads than by terrorism, earthquakes, or floods etc.

I can remember that even at the height of our 'troubles' in Northern Ireland, more people here died on the roads than the terrorists ever killed - I recall telling that to people who just wouldn't believe it.

Anyway, the article regarding the road deaths in Turkey can be read here.


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alison09400

Moderator
Turkish Road Fatalities
96 people died on the roads over the Bayram holidays.....400+ injured. If only people wouldn't rush to be somewhere that little bit earlier. It's better to get their half an hour later than planned than not get there at all. :(
 

Akasya

Postless Pointer
Turkish Road Fatalities
Fewer people drive in Turkey, they drive fewer miles. Most road ( joke ) speeds are so slow that accidents tend to be less serious and therefore not reported / recorded.

Steve.
 

SuperBogs

I miss you Pebble
Turkish Road Fatalities
If they could show a ratio of drivers/cars compared to population then the truth of how dangerous the driving is in Turkey would be exposed. That Turkish authority knows that also, playing stupid....( I could run with that)

Biker Bob
 
Turkish Road Fatalities
A year or so ago the Minister of Transport declared, that the problem of road safety here in Turkey was not the standard of driving but the age of the car.

I firmly believe that some of the money spent on road widening, sometimes un-neccesarily, was spent on white lines and junction markings it would have a significant effect on road safety.

A couple of weeks ago I walked past the road management depot on the Fethiye to Çalış road I noticed several pallets of paint.

The roads and juctions inside the depot are beatifully marked out.

Fethiye town centre and the approach roads have some of the most immaculately painted kerb stones, painted alternatively white and yellow, that you will find anywhere in Turkey..

Some-one, some-where, knows their priorities.
 

whu66

www.gulluk.co.uk, www.cjceramics.com
Turkish Road Fatalities
96 people died on the roads over the Bayram holidays.....400+ injured. If only people wouldn't rush to be somewhere that little bit earlier. It's better to get their half an hour later than planned than not get there at all. :(


Yeah read that online..Shocking but having driven in turkey not that shocked...if that makes sense
 

KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
Turkish Road Fatalities
An interesting aside to that is the fact that more Turks are killed on the roads than by terrorism, earthquakes, or floods etc.
C

Doesn't that same statistic apply to the UK, Europe and the USA though ? :hmm:
 

immac

Senior Member Has-Been
Turkish Road Fatalities
A year or so ago the Minister of Transport declared, that the problem of road safety here in Turkey was not the standard of driving but the age of the car.

Some-one, some-where, knows their priorities.

The tax system works against getting new cars on the road and old bangers scrapped.
It is in the hands of government to do something about this.

Ian
 

ZiaCa'

Member
Turkish Road Fatalities
I wonder how many deaths could have been avoided if people were more safety conscious, such as using a sealbelt, wearing a helmet (on motorbikes) and children being strapped into a child's seat or even a back seat would be something! So many kids are often in the front passenger's lap or even hanging on to the dash board....
Of course this happens in other Countries, but never seen this so many times as I have here in Turkey, in fact, I don't think I've ever seen a child in a child seat or wearing a seatbelt at least.
 
Turkish Road Fatalities
The tax system works against getting new cars on the road and old bangers scrapped.
It is in the hands of government to do something about this.

Ian

Yes, new cars are expensive here.

However, driving an old banger does not excuse anyone from driving carefully or obeying the rules of the road.
 

immac

Senior Member Has-Been
Turkish Road Fatalities
Yes, new cars are expensive here.

However, driving an old banger does not excuse anyone from driving carefully or obeying the rules of the road.

I agree, but a newer car is more likely to have modern safety equipment such as better brakes and braking systems; air bags; safer passenger compartment construction and protection for pedestrians that are hit.

The driving generally is abysmal and some of that is down to poor testing/licencing and poor enforcement. If government has a test for driving licence that puts more emphasis on how the engine works than it does on driving skills it gives a message that roadcraft is not important. Hopefully the new testing standards that are being introduced will correct that.

Ian
 

Summertime

Golden Girls
Turkish Road Fatalities
No one using seatbealts, no adults no children, if you take the Dolmus, you will see children stay in the front without no security, I could not belive me eyes first time I saw it. They are driving very fast, the dont take notice to the traficlight, and I belive there is more than 5-6000 dead a yeas in car accidents.
 

ZiaCa'

Member
Turkish Road Fatalities
Yet another loss of lives. Two young lads were killed as they came of their motorbike travelling without a helmet between Ortaca and Dalyan the other night....
 

Yalides

Am I pretty ?
Turkish Road Fatalities
Dangerous driving and careless driving laws would make a difference eventually.
 

SuperBogs

I miss you Pebble
Turkish Road Fatalities
I wonder how many deaths could have been avoided if people were more safety conscious, such as using a sealbelt, wearing a helmet (on motorbikes) and children being strapped into a child's seat or even a back seat would be something! So many kids are often in the front passenger's lap or even hanging on to the dash board....
Of course this happens in other Countries, but never seen this so many times as I have here in Turkey, in fact, I don't think I've ever seen a child in a child seat or wearing a seatbelt at least.

Carla, your right. How many times do you see a child standing infront of their father on the scooters while he drives a high speeds. I have seen two children and two adults on one scooter, not one helmet. The laws are very strict in Canada regarding child safety in a car. If you have a baby, your not allowed to take it from the hospital unless you have a properly fited CSA approved childs seat in your car.....simple as that. And regarding new cars and old cars. Sure new cars are safer but if your driving 75 miles an hour and hit something solid, makes no difference on how old your car is, your dead

Biker Bob
 

ceemac

Shake It Baby...
Turkish Road Fatalities
Recently released police data including traffic accident statistics for 2009 paint a grim picture of the state of the roads in Turkey.

Here


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de1amo

Member
Turkish Road Fatalities
do these figures include the insane jay walking pedestrians who seem to think they are impervious to being run over--every wednesday has the added bonus of them wheeling their trolleys amongst the traffic on the way to the weekly bazaar(sp)-i ride a scooter with no helmet here because this liberation adds caution to my riding--i ride a bike back in the uk and the opposite applies!!-3 years riding here and no accidents-touch wood!!
 

butt007

Warren
Turkish Road Fatalities
I saw an old Ford Escort van being driven along the local dual-carriageway, the vans bonnet was fully up in the air and he was doing at least 35mph, crazy or what!!
Warren
 

de1amo

Member
Turkish Road Fatalities
i was thinking about the comparison that was drawn between the uk and turkish fatalities--how big is turkey compared to the uk in landmass and roads in kms-i should think some eastern provinces are like the 50s in the uk for car 'population--the traffic in the uk is much denser generally with higher ownership-maybe the escourt driver was from batman and doesnt know the meaning of oncoming traffic!!
 

Lynn2

lynn2
Turkish Road Fatalities
well the standard of driving here is appalling, jumping red lights, overtaking on blind bends, going down one way streets the wrong way etc., etc., Add to that the lack of concern regarding the safety of themselves, children & babies it's a recipie for disaster. Plus everyone seems to drive as if they're in a race.
 

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