A policeman carries a stop sign in Beirut, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Though the number of road accidents has decreased by half since the new traffic law came into effect, road safety monitors warn that leniency in enforcement may see crashes surging again. The number of road collisions dropped 55.9 percent between April 22, when the new traffic law was implemented, and July 31, an Internal Security Forces source told The Daily Star, comparing the figures to those of last year. The number of fatalities has also dropped by 35.5 percent and injuries by 54.4 percent, compared to the same period in 2014, the source added. The number of car crashes in particular from April to July dropped to 639, compared to 1,450 during the same period last year. Road safety monitors are looking closer at the statistics. Lena Gebran, the deputy president of Kunhadi, a road safety organization, said that while the number of accidents did decrease in April and May, it shot up again in July. The new traffic law will become more effective once the National Road Safety Council is formed to implement it, Gebran said.
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