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Since Lebanon's new traffic law went into force a year ago, the number of recorded car crashes, fatalities and injuries have all decreased, according to official data. However, on the first anniversary of the law, road safety organizations reaffirmed that more should be done to cut deaths on the roads. The new traffic law, implemented last April, is a wide-ranging reform of road safety. Lastly, 5,161 injuries were reported in the year before the law was implemented, and 3,602 since – a drop of 30 percent.Gebran explained that many Lebanese people – even a year after the new traffic law went into effect – still don't fully know what it entails, or what the punishments are for violations.Nevertheless, there has been criticism that the law hasn't been applied evenly, which Gebran said undermines the government position on road safety.Gebran and the source agreed that there must be a collective effort by a number of state institutions, not just one body, if the law is to be fully applied.Both Gebran and the ISF source agreed the new National Road Safety Council has been a positive outcome of the law.
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