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7 out of 10 Turkish drivers do not stop at crosswalks

During the first 3 months of 2021, 5,129 traffic accidents with deaths or injuries due to cars hitting pedestrians occurred in Turkey.

7 out of 10 Turkish drivers do not stop at crosswalks, according to a recent study carried out by the Turkish daily Milliyet at various points in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with 16 million inhabitants and more than 4 million vehicles recorded, which reveals that most drivers do not even slow down when approaching a pedestrian crossing despite pedestrians having preference, violating traffic regulations and putting the lives of pedestrians at risk.

Although theoretically and by law pedestrians have preference when crossing a crosswalk and vehicles are obliged to stop, the truth is that for safety reasons, pedestrians themselves affirm that when they see a vehicle approaching they prefer to wait for it to pass to cross, instead of taking the risk of crossing without knowing if that vehicle or the rest will stop.

Many accidents and run-ins in Turkey occur because cars do not stop at pedestrian crossings, or because when one stops to let the pedestrian cross, another does not and follows its path while the pedestrian crosses, which ends up with the pedestrian being run over. “Who follows the rules properly in Turkey?” Asked a pedestrian quoted by the newspaper. “If one does, the other does not; and since I cannot know who will and who will not, I prefer to wait instead of taking the risk”.

It is estimated that only during the first three months of 2021 a total of 5,129 traffic accidents with deaths or injuries due to hitting pedestrians occurred in Turkey, of which 349 occurred because the vehicle did not give way to pedestrians at a pedestrian crossing.

The study carried out by Milliyet concludes that 7 out of 10 Turkish drivers observed in Istanbul did not obey traffic regulations not stopping when reaching a crosswalk, while only 3 complied with the regulations and gave preference to pedestrians.