Doha: The annual press conference to explain about the traffic situation analysis for the year 2010 in the country was convened by the Traffic Department on Wednesday, 26/01/11 morning at Traffic Department Headquarters in Madina Khalifa. The director of Traffic Department Brig. Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, secretary of National Committee for Traffic Safety (NCTS) Brig. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maliki, the director of Public Relations Department Lt. Col. Abdullah Khalifa Al-Muftah, Col. Ibrahim Saad Al-Sulaiti from the office of HE the Minister of State for Interior Affairs and Capt. Jaber Ali Al-Kubaisi were present at the press conference.
At the beginning, Col. Ibrahim Saad Al-Sulaiti provided an analysis of the traffic situation for the year 2010 compared with the previous year. He explained that the number of vehicles and driver's license holders increased this year as the vehicles increased from 688,029 in 2009 to 754,439 in 2010 registering an increase of 9.7%. There were 987,621 traffic violations this year compared to the 744,266 violations of the previous year with an increase of 32.7%.
Col. Al-Sulaiti explained that the traffic accidents in 2010 have declined remarkably by 4.9%. Statistics show that traffic court cases have declined by 37.6% and injuries resulted from the traffic accidents by 4.8% compared with the previous year. The electronic violations in 2010 declined by 4.4% compared with 2009 while 2.2% of the traffic violations are running red signals.
"The Ministry of Interior is conducting several studies and taking different measures to reduce the traffic accidents. In view of this, National Committee for Traffic Safety (NCTS) has been set up aiming at improving the traffic safety level, enrooting traffic culture, employing all possibilities to reduce accidents, strengthening role of the society and its institutions and establishing a special institute for traffic safety", said Brig. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maliki
"The proposed institute will frame traffic strategy and policies, study the traffic issues and recommend solutions, conduct specialized workshops, coordinate with concerned authorities, develop traffic database, recommend legislative reforms and conduct research studies", he added.
The Traffic Department Director Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji replied to the questions form the journalists regarding the statistics.
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