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Qatar sets world record in low road accident deaths

Qatar sets world record in low road accident deaths

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar has set a new world record in bringing down traffic accident deaths, which dropped to 4.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 2018 as compared to 5.4 recorded in 2017.
Traffic statistics showed that 168 deaths were registered last year, compared to 177 recorded in 2017, a change of 5.1 percent.
The traffic fatality rate in Qatar has continued to decline since 2008 when 230 deaths, at a rate of 12 per 100,000 population were registered.
It continued to decline over the past 11 years registering a reduction of 59.2 percent, with a slight variation in only two years during this period.
The statistics showed that traffic accidents decreased by 7 percent over the past year, the rate of severe injuries went down by 17 percent, the death rate dropped to 3.1 percent, and the severity index of accidents to 17 percent compared to 2017.
According to traffic figures, 97 percent of traffic accidents in Qatar during 2018 did not record any type of injuries, while serious injury incidents recorded a decrease of 8.5 percent.
The industrial zone recorded the highest rate of traffic fatalities with 14 cases, followed by Fereej Al Sudan, which recorded 13 cases, Al Ebib 11 cases, and Al Wakra and Sealine, which recorded eight cases each.
Brigadier Ibrahim Saad al Sulaiti, Head of Statistical Analysis at Office of the Ministery of Interior, said the death rate in Qatar over the past year was significantly lower than global rates as Qatar has significantly outperformed and has recorded an accident mortality rate of 4.9 deaths per 100,000 population.
In comparison, the countries of the African continent have registered (26.6), Eastern Europe and Asia Minor (19.9), Western European countries (9.3), Southeast Asian countries (17) and the North and South States of the Americas (15.9).
The rate for high-income states was (9.2).
Sulaiti added that despite the increase in the population (1.1) percent on an annual basis, the increase in the number of vehicles in Qatar by 3.3 percent and the increase in the number of driving licences by 6 percent, Qatar exceeded all these challenges and continued to reduce the mortality rate caused by road accidents.
General Directorate of Traffic Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad al Kharji said the decline in traffic accident indicators in Qatar was not a coincidence, it was the result of carefully studied efforts, and a hard work in which the Ministry of the Interior cooperated with a large number of governmental and private entities.
Kharji added that what makes this decline in traffic accident indicators an important achievement is the challenges facing traffic, such as the significant increase in the population over the past 10 years, from nearly 1.5 million in 2008 to more than 2.5 million over the past year, hence the higher number of vehicles, driving licenses granted, and other related indicators.
Kharji also noted that the completion of a modern road network in record time, the increase in the number of traffic patrols, the application of road safety standards, the emphasis in the standards of technical examination, strict laws, the high traffic awareness, the proliferation of monitoring devices and traffic control, and the solidarity of various official bodies eligibility are all factors that have contributed to making this great achievement.
General Directorate of Traffic commended the efforts of the Ministry of the Municipality and the Environment, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Public Health, Public Works Authority Ashghal, Hamad Medical Corporation and various ministries, institutions and government bodies, as well as the institutions and community-based organizations that had made concrete efforts to achieve these traffic related achievements.
Kharji stated that ignoring the safety and security rules by some could lead to such incidents, such as parents renting bicycles for their young children, organising car speeding shows that do not meet security and safety requirements, and using four wheel bikes with high-speed motors by unqualified drivers.
Kharji said General Traffic Department is keen to take measures to reduce accidents in the region, including the establishment of controls and requirements for the registration of bicycles and specialised vehicles for transporting tourists and the conduct of traffic patrols in the area around the clock, traffic awareness and the implementation of road inspection campaigns to control violators.

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