According to the report of the Road Patrol Service of the Armenian Police, in 2011 the road police registered 2,319 road accidents, 345 accidents more as compared to the previous year.
As compared to 2010, the number of fatalities increased 33 and injuries by 684.
According to Norik Sargsyan head of the Road Patrol Service, the rise in accidents has two reasons – the increase in traffic in general, and the introduction of mandatory car insurance in Armenia.
“About 50,000 cars with European brands have been imported to Armenia during 2010-2011,” Sargsyan says. “From the other side, because of the introduction of mandatory car insurance in Armenia drivers feel more relaxed and confident knowing that insurance companies will compensate in case they are involved in a road accident.”
Sargsyan also talked about the installation of surveillance (10) and speed cameras (15) at some busy junctions of the city. In January, the first month of operation, over 10,000 violations were registered.
“We receive 30-40 letters from drivers almost daily, where they ask to send [fines] to their apartments in case if they violate a traffic law, and they report what vehicle they drive. This means that there is a growth in our drivers’ readiness to maintain the traffic discipline and not to avoid the law, which is very praiseworthy,” Sargsyan said.