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Contrary to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent remarks about the link between alcohol consumption and traffic accidents as a reason to restrict alcohol sale in the country, statistics show that only 1.43 percent of accidents were linked to “tipsy” drivers.

The official Road Traffic Accident Statistics 2011 prepared by the General Directorate of Public Security and Turkish Statistical Institute, show that only 3,525 out of 171 768 accidents involving death and personal injury were caused by alcohol consumption determined by police as higher than promille limits.

The main reason for the accidents was revealed as “drivers’ faults,” accounting for 88.37 percent.

Prime Minister Erdoğan on June 2 said “Alcohol’s harms to the human body are scientifically apparent. The main reason for traffic accidents is alcohol. What is our duty then? Allowing people to kill and stab themselves [...] it is my duty to intervene, we are applying the Constitution’s governing laws.”

Parliament adopted a highly controversial alcohol bill in May proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), tightening restrictions on the sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages.

June/04/2013

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K M

6/9/2013 7:33:12 PM

Was Tayyip's son Ahmet Burak Erdoğan perhaps drunk when he ran over Sevim Tanürek and killed her? And didn't do any prison time!

Çılgın Kanarya

6/5/2013 12:54:59 AM

I wonder if a politician has ever been so far out in their assessment of ... well, absolutely anything! "The main reason" only makes up 1.43%? The sensible ones among us always knew he was lying anyway to disguise his religious agenda, but this percentage really does take the biscuit! All we need now is someone brave enough to put this to him and insist he accounts for it, in order to expose him as the liar that he is. I wonder what the next "main reason" for not drinking will be? I can't wait!
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