Iraq has experienced low motorisation to date, with approximately one vehicle per every 10 people. Despite this fact, the incidence of road traffic crashes and resulting fatalities is extremely high, with 18* deaths per 100,000 population.
Although Iraq has an array of road safety practices in place, all measures are only moderately enforced. For example, random breath testing / police checkpoints are not in effect to enforce drink-driving laws. In addition, motorcycle helmet laws do not apply to both drivers and passengers, and helmet standards are not mandated. Legislation on mobile use whilst driving does not extend to hands-free phones.
Since 2013, there has been no fatality reduction target in existence.
Road user groups
|Website||Carrying out RS activites||Interested in expanding RS work|
|Iraqi Red Crescent Society||—||Yes|
Lead agency: Supreme Council for Road Safety
Speed limit law
Motorcycle helmet law
Child restraint law
Mobile phones while driving law
Annual road fatalities
Fatalities per 100K pop. per year
Estimated GDP loss
Source: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015
30 May 2012
29 February 2012
30 November 2011