89 killed in motorbike accidents on YGN-MDY Highway in 2017-2020

A total of 254 motorbike accidents were reported on Yangon-Mandalay Highway in four years from 2017 to 2020, which left 89 persons dead and 290 others injured, according to Nay Pyi Taw Highway Traffic Police Force. The motorbikes are not allowed to ride on Yangon-Mandalay Highway. However, the motorcyclists are highly killed as a result of the disobedience of traffic rules. Riding of motorbikes on Yangon–Mandalay highway has caused 254 cases of motorbike accidents on the Highway with 89 killed–75 males and 14 females—and 290 injured—226 males and 64 females. The losses caused by the accidents are estimated to amount to over Ks 31 million, according to an announcement of the Highway Police Force. “Some of the roads are earthen roads. The motorcyclists are okay to ride in summer. During the raining season, they are not allowed to ride on the road. Many lives are being lost on the highway. We don’t want it to happen. So, we are giving awareness to the local people. To be able to reduce the traffic accidents, we are providing awareness talk continuously,” said an official from Nay Pyi Taw Highway Traffic Police Force. The motorcyclists have been prohibited from riding on the highway since 2015.—Zin Yaw Aye (Translated by Hay Mar)

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