Mass traffic line up as Turkish vacationers return Istanbul

Residents of Istanbul trying to return to the city after spending Eid al-Fitr holiday elsewhere cause mass traffic on main roads entering city

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Millions of Istanbul residents who left the city for a  four-day long Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, caused mass traffic lines on Sunday while trying to return into the city.  

Although Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the traffic units of Istanbul Police Department had taken extra measures to prevent heavy traffic that may occur as the vacationers head back to the city, the long lines were raised on Sunday evening in the main roads leading to the city.

The number of officers and units on duty in the possible areas of heavy traffic had been raised, especially in the junctions and on the D-100 state road and the European route E80, widely known as "TEM" or "E6" among Istanbulites which crosses the Bosphorus via the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

Meanwhile, the travel agents in Istanbul announced that they raised the number of bus services in order to avoid passenger density in bus terminals.

On the other hand, media reported that at least 19 more people have died and 108 have been injured in traffic accidents across Turkey on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

According to official reports, 44 people had died and 253 had been injured in traffic accidents across Turkey on the first three days of the holiday, Eid al-Fitr, as nearly seven million holiday-makers hit the roads.

Traffic accidents during religious holidays are a major problem for Turkey. Traffic accidents in the country claimed over 3,500 lives in 2014 and the number of deaths in holiday related accidents such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha were especially high, Turkish media said.

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