Two people die every day in road accidents in Yangon, with the vast majority of fatalities caused by negligence and recklessness, according to an official from the Traffic Rule Enforcement Supervisory Committee the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 19 September.
Last year, 4,163 people were killed in road accidents in Myanmar, said committee member Dr Thit Lwin. This accounts to 11 people per day.
According to the preliminary findings of the World Health Organization’s report on road safety in Southeast Asia last week, Myanmar looks set to be ranked second behind Thailand in road deaths per 100,000 people.
With an influx of imported cars following the government’s relaxation of rules and regulations on vehicle imports, roads, especially in Yangon, are becoming congested, resulting in a greater number of crashes. Outside of Yangon, accidents involving motorcyclists make up the greatest number of road crashes.