“Road Traffic Accidents in Armenia 2016”
15.11.2016
14:00
As of November 15, 2016, 2762 road traffic accidents took place in Armenia according to the state statistics.

Armen Khachatryan, Deputy Chief of Traffic Police, presented these data during the discussion at Media Center.

As a result of these accidents 227 people passed away, 2844 people were injured. Compared with the same period of the last year, the number of traffic accidents decreased by 196, the number of the injured people decreased by 265 and the number of victims - by 63. "In the case of such a tendency, the number of victims will decrease by the end of the year compared to the previous one,” Khachatryan said.

He added that regular work had been carried out, from agitation to the installation of recording devices and speedometers, to reduce the traffic accidents.

“In 2009, 72 people were killed in traffic accidents in Yerevan, in 2010 -81 people, in 2011 - 92. Year after year, the number of victims caused by accidents was increasing. The trend might be maintained, but since January 2012 the operation of speedometers and cameras has launched, the number of victims decreased by 29 compared to the previous year, it is a pretty good result,” Khachatryan said. 

Eduard Hovhannisyan, Head of "Achilles" Center for Protection of Drivers' Rights NGO, suggested considering the three components of security: roads, transport, and drivers.
“Do we have a competent driver today? We have a disorganized driver which is the heritage from the Soviet Union. Even drivers who have worked for 50 years cannot answer my questions. The new inspection system was invested but, in fact, we do not have a technical inspection. There is no analysis how many accidents have been caused by a malfunction. The road component includes the presence of road signs, and their compliance with the established standards of traffic. The traffic police have no power to carry out the traffic management, it performs the Mayor of Yerevan and the local self-government bodies in regions. How they do it, god knows, but we know that there is nothing done,” Hovhannisyan said.    
He pointed out that there had not been a complete installation of traffic signs, the traffic police did it by its own resources but it is not enough. 

"The traffic police, as a rule, presents figures, they do not represent an analysis of why this is so," he said.

Deputy Chief of Traffic Police said that when performing long-term projects they are guided with the analyses.

Hovhannisyan added that recently the situation had changed in the registration-investigation department.

"If 3-4 years ago we had 33 percent of complaints in the registration- investigation department, including bribery facts, now the number is zero. We have no complaints in the registration- investigation department. But it left a mass of drivers," Hovhannisyan added.  

Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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