As many as 247 Iranian commuters were killed in road accidents across the country in the past six days as they were celebrating and preparing for (Nowruz) Persian New Year.
Citing Iranian traffic police officials, Iran Front Page reported that in total 187 road accidents happened during the span of time, in which 33 people died inside cities while 214 others were killed in deadly crashes on the highways.
There has reportedly been a 38% rise in trips between provinces across Iran compared to the same period last year in the wake of the New Year celebration.
Iranian officials called on the people to drive carefully and take all protective measures in a bid to avoid deadly road crashes.
According to the officials, high speed, overtaking, fatigue, drowsiness and failure to control the vehicle account for 82% of road accidents.
The officials also expressed concern about Nowruz trips given that the COVID-19 cases and deaths are still high in most of the cities around Iran.
Iranian Health Ministry on Tuesday reported that they have registered 1,120 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 139,735.
The Iranian government also urged citizens to observe the health protocols during the Nowruz holidays to prevent a new surge in the virus.
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