At least 31 people have been killed and many others injured in the first five days of the nine-day Qurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) holiday.
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu shared the information on his social media accounts.
He also shared the message “Fasten your seatbelts on the way home”, referring to people returning to big cities after their holidays.
Soylu pointed out that at least 15 people were killed per day in 12 fatal accidents on average during previous nine-day holidays in Turkey over the past decade.
“This Qurban Bayram daily average of fatalities was four and loss of life was six within five days including bayram eve but sadly 31 of our citizens lost their lives,” he said. he declares.
Thousands of people visit their relatives or travel to vacation spots during this nine-day holiday in Bayram. Despite the measures, many traffic accidents occur due to speeding, reckless driving and congestion on the roads.
To deter drivers from violating traffic safety laws, the Interior Ministry has issued guidelines to governorates in 81 provinces, mainly to increase the presence of traffic police units across the country.
Throughout the holiday, more than 210,000 members of the security forces are on duty to monitor compliance with regulations, including the use of seat belts.