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Qatar shows remarkable progress in road safety; stats one of the best in the world

  • 10 February 2019
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Qatar shows remarkable progress in road safety; stats one of the best in the world
Qatar road accidents statistics for 2018 shows remarkable progress in road safety as the average number of road-accident deaths per 100,000 persons came down from 5.4 to 4.9 deaths, Director General of Traffic Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saad al Kharji has said 
At a press conference held at the Traffic Directorate on Sunday to announce road traffic and safety statistics for the year 2018, Maj. Gen. Kharji said Qatar's average of 4.9 road accident deaths per 100,000 persons is a remarkable achievement as it's far below the global average of 17.4, the European average of 9.3 and high-income countries average of 9.2 deaths.
The number of persons who died in road accidents in 2018 declined by 5.1 percent as fatalities declined from 177 in 2017 to 168 in 2018. As many as 683 persons were seriously injured in 2018, which shows a decline of 17 percent compared to 823 seriously injured in 2017.  
The number of serious injury accidents decreased by 5.8 percent in 2018 and fatal accidents by 3.1 percent  despite the increase in the number of vehicles by 4.3 percent and the increase in the number of driving license by 6 percent.
Around 97. percent road accidents in 2018 were without any injuries, 2.4% were accidents with minor injuries and 0.2% were accidents with serious injuries while fatal accidents that led to the death of the victims accounted only 0.1% of total accidents.
Key Indicators of Qatar's Traffic Stats 2018 shows a decline of 7 percent in the total number of accidents and 3.1 percent in fatal accidents. The severity of accidents was declined by 17 percent, serious injuries by 17 percent accident deaths by 5.1 percent and pedestrian deaths by 17.9 percent
Parents hiring motorbikes for their young children, organizing motor shows without following safety requirements, using quad bikes with high-speed engines by unqualified drivers and absence of safety signboards were highlighted as causes of accidents in Sealine. 
The highest number of traffic fatalities in 2018 happened in the Industrial Area (14) followed by Faereej Soudan (13), Laibeeb (11) and Wakra & Sealine (8). 
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