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Posted On: 1 May 2008 12:09 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Traffic accidents on the decline

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Doha • More than 210,000 road accidents took place in the country last year, claiming 199 lives. Most of these accidents were, however, minor. The death toll in traffic mishaps in 2006 was 270, with more than 156,000 accidents taking place. In 2005, 206 people perished while the number of accidents totalled 93,000. These figures were revealed at a press conference held to announce the opening of a youth conference organized by the Interior Ministry in coordination with the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. The number of accidents has witnessed a remarkable fall after the new traffic law was enforced late last year, Lieutenant Colonel Abdulaziz bin Faisal Al Thani, Assistant Director of the Patrol at the Department of Traffic and Patrol Police, said. “The roads in Doha are witnessing a high level of discipline according to the latest statistical data, thanks to stringent laws coupled with an intensive awareness campaign being carried out by the Department," he added. Colonel Abdulaziz noted that the Department has repeatedly informed drivers to remove their cars if they are involved in minor collisions, but motorists don’t listen. “Minor accidents can happen due to overcrowding, especially during the rush hours, so they can be no excuse to block the smooth flow of traffic on a busy road. Vehicles involved in small accidents should be removed to the nearest parking area until traffic personnel arrive,” he said. the peninsula