Not a day passes in this country when you don't see an example of reckless and dangerous driving.
I haven't checked the statistics but I was told recently that Turkey has one of the worst records for road traffic accidents in the world. And frankly it doesn't surprise me.
Hardly anyone uses their seatbelts. Motorcyclists rarely use crash helmets. Drivers seem to think traffic lights are to be ignored. They use mobile phones while they're driving. It's not unusual at all to see babies and young children, unrestrained, on the laps of their mothers in the front passenger seat. The dolmuş (local bus) is often overloaded with far too many passengers. Not to mention the fact that our village bus stops at the petrol station to collect petrol in plastic containers for use by a village tractor...which are then placed inside the bus with the passengers. The list of risks taken by Turkish drivers is endless.
And there is an obsession with over-taking...even on roads where there are clear "no overtaking" signs...often with tragic results. See this report in Todays Zaman......absolutely devastating.
I have asked several Turks in the past, including my husband, why they take such risks. The answer is always the same. "Everything in life is in the hands of Allah...what will be will be...when it's your time to go, it's Allah's decision, not yours"...or words to that effect.
I hope I'm not being disrespectful when I say that this is carrying "faith" just a little too far.