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11 February 2019 09:48 am

Qatar sets new global record in low traffic accident deaths

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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The State of Qatar has set a new global record in the decline of traffic accident fatalities, which reached 4.9 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants last year, compared to 5.4 in 2017.

Traffic statistics revealed on February 11, 2019 at a press conference in the general Traffic department. The statistics showed that the traffic fatality rate in Qatar has continued to decline since 2008, registering 230 deaths, at a rate of 12 per 100,000 population, to continue to decline over the past eleven years with a decline of 59.2 percent, with a slight fluctuation in only two years during this period.

Traffic accidents decreased by 7 percent over the past year

The statistics, presented by Brigadier Ibrahim Saad Al Sulaiti, Head of Statistical Analysis at Office of the Minister of Interior, showed that traffic accidents decreased by 7 percent over the past year, the rate of severe injuries decreased 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.

Traffic deaths are lower than some global rates

According to Brigadier Al Sulaiti the death rate in Qatar over the past year was significantly lower than some global rates as Qatar has significantly outperformed traffic and has recorded an accident mortality rate of at least 4.9 deaths per 100,000 population, when compared to the countries of the African continent that 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) and the rate for high-income states was also (9.2.)

168 deaths were registered in 2018

According to the statistics, 168 deaths were registered last year, compared to 177 cases recorded in 2017, a change of 5.1 percent.

The industrial zone recorded the highest rate of traffic fatalities

Industrial area
(Photo credit: Abdul Basit © The Peninsula)

The industrial zone recorded the highest rate of traffic fatalities in 14 cases, followed by Fereej Al Sudan, which recorded 13 cases then Al Ebib which recorded 11 cases, and Al Wakra and Sealine, which recorded 8 cases each.

The number of vehicles in Qatar increase by 3.3 percent annually

The number of vehicles in Qatar increase by 3.3 percent annually

Brigadier Al 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 licenses by 6 percent, the state of Qatar exceeded all these challenges and continued to reduce the mortality rate caused by road accidents.

Concrete efforts by ministry to achieve significant achievements

General Directorate of Traffic Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji said that 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.

Al 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.

General Directorate of Traffic Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji

Al 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.

Al 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, organizing car speeding shows that do not meet security and safety requirements, and using four wheel bikes with high-speed motors by unqualified drivers.

Al Kharji stressed that the 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 specialized 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.