YASA tweeted yesterday that it expects 20% more car accidents next year in Lebanon if the road conditions stay the same and the law remains unchanged. I was looking at KunHadi’s graphs and figures and I was quite surprised to find out the highest number of accidents are during July & August and not during winter.
Here are yearly statistics as reported by the Red Cross and you can check the monthly statistics from 2006 till 2012 [Here].
*2012 is not up to date and only includes the first two months.
I think YASA are being too pessimistic as the authorities are working day and night to prevent further car accidents. In fact they decided to stop building further pedestrian bridges, fixing roads, using speed radars and instead started fining drivers for kissing in the car.
The Lebanese Army issued an apology for the traffic it caused today, not that it makes any difference after we got stuck for hours. The good news though is that there won’t be any closed roads tomorrow.
While everyone was stuck in traffic for long hours this morning because of the Independence Day rehearsals, Zaatar wou Zeit took some requests from their Twitter followers and delivered Manakish to their cars.
When the highway is barely lit, with no speed radars, and filled with “mobilettes” doing crazy stunts, super bikes and cars racing and speeding, this is what you get. 3 were killed in this accident and 6 injured.
I don’t know who’s stupid enough to go out the wrong way on a highway but everything’s possible in Lebanon. For those of you who missed it, there’s another oversized “Wrong Way” road sign near La Cite (see below pic).
Kunhadi’s new road safety ambassador, Lebanese and Spanish F3 Champion Noel Jammal from Cedars Auto Sport, will be joining hands in spreading a new understanding of speed under the slogan: We race on the track, but we drive on the road!