My good friend Joseph Simmons (who, by the way, happens to speaks Arabic at what linguists commonly refer to as the “far-out sick nasty level”) has a good post on traffic in Egypt:
Traffic accidents in Egypt continue to be a major problem as over 30 people have been killed and over scores injured on the roads just this month. Official estimates place the number of deaths in road accidents in Egypt at around 6000 to 8000 per year with tens of thousands of injuries. In August 2008, the government began to implement a new traffic lawin an attempt to fix some of Egypt’s traffic problems, including banning the use of cell phones without headsets, the requirement for taxi drivers to wear seatbelts (which they usually only do when they see a policeman, and even so often just sling the belt over themselves without securing it), and fines for driving in the wrong direction. It’s not clear that the new law has had any real effect.
Traffic problems in Egypt result from human error as well as legal and physical deficiencies .
Word is that Blackstar has a long rantpost about traffic deficiencies in Lebanon on the way so let me take this occasion to announce “Traffic Week” at MediaShack. Each day I will be tell a different story about life behind the wheels in Egypt.
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