CONSULATE (ISTANBUL) DRIVER SAFETY
Regional Security Office has analyzed
American employee accidents that
have occurred during the past several
years in order to identify "lessons
learned" that can be utilized
to increase driver safety and
perhaps even save lives or at least
is that many of the accidents—not
all, but many—were avoidable.
number of accidents occurred when
a local driver stopped, turned or
took some unexpected
action which caused the U.S.
driver to hit the other vehicle or
be struck by someone else. Many of
the "unexpected" actions were unexpected
according to U.S. driving standards
but are quite common in Ankara and Istanbul and
other parts of the country.
half of the accidents were clearly,
according to local standards, the
fault of the non-U.S. drivers. The
key to reducing accidents is situational
awareness, concentration and extremely defensive
the highly congested city of Istanbul,
a high percentage of traffic-related
deaths are pedestrians. The
highest risk group for pedestrians
is children and adolescents—totaling
about 40 percent. Statistics released
by the Istanbul Traffic Police, for
example, indicate that evening
rush hour (5-8 p.m.) is the most
dangerous time on local highways.
Not surprisingly, it is also the
time of day when drivers are the least
"A number of defensive
measures can and should be taken
to increase the odds in your favor
for accident-free driving."
Here is the full traffic safety briefing.