Traffic accidents kill 44 in 3 days of Turkey's Eid holiday

44 people die in traffic accidents across Turkey in first three days of Eid al-Fitr holiday

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to media reports, at least 44 people have died and 253 have been injured in traffic accidents across Turkey in the first three days of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, as nearly seven million holiday-makers hit the roads.

From Wednesday until Thursday afternoon, 34 people died and 214 were injured in 38 different car accidents, officials said.

In the first day of Eid al-Fitr, 10 people died and 36 were injured in 13 different car accidents.

Eid al-Fitr is a three day holiday but the official holiday break started on Wednesday and ends on Sunday.

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 holidays such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha was especially high, according to Turkish media reports.

The violation of traffic safety regulations and driving at high speeds are the most common causes of traffic accidents during holiday season.

Turkish authorities are concerned over a possible increase in the number of deaths on Sunday when holiday-makers will return to their homes at the end of the holiday.

TRTWorld and agencies