38 die on Greek roads over Easter

17:00, April 07, 2010      

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The Easter holiday in Greece was once again marred by tragedy on the roads, according to accident statistics released Tuesday.

A total of 38 traffic accidents were recorded from the start of the weekend before Easter Week until the night of the following Monday, when the majority had returned home from Easter breaks.

The majority of fatal accidents occurred on rural roads or those going through residential areas.

Accidents on rural roads claimed 17 lives and those in residential areas 12, while the rest were killed on national highways.

This year's accident figures recorded a 17.1 percent decrease in fatal accidents compared with 2009 (from the Friday of the weekend before Easter until the Monday after Easter), but an increase in the number of serious accidents by 11.9 percent and an increase in minor accidents by 9.4 percent.

The number of those seriously injured remained at roughly last year's levels, while those suffering minor injuries fell 4.6 percent.

According to traffic police, the majority of fatal road accidents were caused by driver negligence, excessive speed, violating the right of way and driving in the opposite lane.

Source: Xinhua


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