7 out of 10 Turkish drivers they don’t stop at crosswalks, according to a recent study carried out by the Turkish daily Milliyet at various points in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey with 16 million inhabitants and more than 4 million vehicles recorded, which reveals that the majority of drivers they don’t even slow down when approaching a crosswalk with pedestrian 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 forced to stop, the truth is that for safety the pedestrians themselves affirm that when they see a vehicle approach they prefer to wait to pass to cross, instead of risking crossing without knowing if that vehicle or the rest will stop.
A lots of accidents and run over in Turkey They occur because the cars do not stop at the pedestrian crossings, or because when one stops to allow the pedestrian to cross, another does not do so and follows his path while the pedestrian crosses, with which he ends up getting run over. “Who follows the rules properly in Turkey?” Asked a pedestrian quoted by the newspaper. “If one does, the other doesn’t; 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 yield to the pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The study carried out by Milliyet concludes that 7 out of 10 Turkish drivers observed in Istanbul did not obey traffic regulations and they did not stop yielding to pedestrians upon reaching a zebra crossing, while only 3 complied with the regulations and they gave priority to the pedestrian.