Violence and Injury Prevention

Road safety in Turkey

Turkey loses about 10 000 lives every year due to road traffic crashes. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 13 deaths per 100 000 population. The majority (55%) of those killed are drivers and passengers of four-wheelers though pedestrians also constitute a significant proportion (19%) of these fatalities. According to the recently published WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, though there are laws on speed, blood alcohol concentration for the general population, seat-belt wearing and helmet wearing, they are inadequately enforced. In addition, there is no adequate provision of infrastructure for non-motorized modes of transport. Turkey is one of the ten countries included in the Road Safety in 10 countries project which will be conducted over 5-years by a consortium of six international partners.

Fact sheet

Road safety project

The road safety project in Turkey is led by the Ministry of Health, with a national steering committee consisting of representatives from health, transport, police, education, private, NGO and academic organizations. WHO, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the International Injury Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University, the Association for Safe International Road Travel and EMBARQ are the international consortium partners who will provide technical guidance and funding. WHO Country Office coordinates the project.

The project will be implemented in the two cities of Afyon and Ankara, focusing on managing speed and promoting seat-belt wearing. In addition to the road safety prevention work, EMBARQ will also work with state partners in the area of sustainable transport planning in Istanbul city.

For more information, please contact :

Dr Serap Şener in the WHO Country Office in Turkey on, or
Dr Meleckidzedeck Khayesi at WHO headquarters on

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