THE rate of car accidents has declined by 18 percent in 2010, compared to the year 2009, according to a Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) report.
The QSA report, which was released on Monday, attributed 47 percent of car accident cases to rash and negligent driving while 18 percent of accidents were caused due to overtaking on the road. At least 17 percent car accidents are caused due to jumping of traffic signals. The total number of traffic violation cases in 2010 was 432,000.
The highest number of traffic violation cases, which was estimated to be 54,000, were caused by over-speeding vehicles.
The report stated that the number of violations registered for not using the safety belt was 60,000. As for the traffic accident cases, the report showed that 770 cases of car accidents were registered with Al Shamal traffic department, with the highest number of deaths (56) also reported under its jurisdiction.
The report stated that the number of car accident cases during 2010 was estimated to be 819, out of which 416 accidents occurred in residential areas.
The QSA annual report also dealt with security and judiciary system. The QSA report released the number of Qatari lawyers, whether employed or undertaking training in 2010. According to the report, there were 111 Qatari lawyers, which included 14 female lawyers.
It further provides tables that include data and figures on the number of judges and lawyers who presided over and presented cases in courts and the verdicts issued by them. The report was jointly prepared by the Supreme Judiciary Council, the Attorney general and the Ministry of Interior.
It also includes the civil defence services which deals with fire-fighting and rescue and relief operations. The report also released data on crimes which has been classified into 21 groups.
It indicated that 28 percent of the 16,000 criminal cases were caused due to cheque bounce. Incidentally, it forms among the highest number of the crime rates in the country.
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