ULAN BATOR, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- A total of 15 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in Mongolia in July, the country's traffic police department said Monday.
"A total of 62 people have been killed in motorcycle accidents across Mongolia so far this year. Fifteen of them lost their lives last month alone," the police department said.
Overspeeding, drunk driving and not wearing a helmet were the main causes of the motorcycle accidents, the department said, urging drivers to comply with traffic rules to protect themselves and others.
Most of the victims lost their lives in accidents on rural roads, according to the police department, who said this is partly due to the fact that Mongolian herders prefer to ride motorcycles to look for livestock animals instead of riding horses.
There are now more than 50,000 registered motorcycles in Mongolia, 90 percent of which are registered in rural areas.
A total of more than 1,170 motorcycle-related accidents were recorded across the country over the past five years, killing nearly 600 people, according to statistics.