Ethiopia: Road traffic accidents claim over 12,000 lives the past five years

More than 12,000 people were killed by road traffic accidents in Ethiopia during the past five years.

According to information released by Addis Ababa road traffic management agency, over 2 billion birr (approximately $100 million) worth properties were also damaged by the accidents.

Agere Haile, a manager at the agency, said driving after drinking, driving at high speed and problems associated with the issuance of the driving licenses were some of the causes for the accidents.

Public relations expert at the Addis Ababa traffic police commission, deputy inspector Assefa Mezgebu, said the annual traffic accident death rate in the capital increased by 5.5 percent during the past five years.

Despite low number of cars, Ethiopia has relatively high road accidents.

Source: Fana Broadcasting