Approximately 5,000 Russians were killed and more than 35,000 injured in car crashes and road accidents over the first three months of 2003, Major-General of the Traffic Police of Russia's Interior Ministry Viktor Kiryanov announced on Tuesday.
More than 30,000 car crashes and road accidents were registered across the country in the above-mentioned period, said the General, adding, "the situation on the roads is still complicated." As compared with the similar period of 2002, the number of road accidents rose by 1.8%. Likewise, the number of people injured increased by 5.5%, although the number of fatalities dropped by 9.6%. According to the General, more than 70% of car crashes and road accidents are prompted by violations of traffic rules and lack of discipline among drivers.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.