The statistics remain grim and there is a huge amount of work ahead to make Oman’s roads safe.
Royal Oman Police figures showed a dip in the number of road accidents of 8.4 per cent from January to August, recording 5,221 accidents that killed 622 people and injured 7,000 others.
In 2012, 1139 people were killed on the Sultanate’s roads. That equates to one death every eight hours.
The number of people injured in road accidents was over 11,000, or around one an hour. In the face of such shocking figures, the ROP has stepped up its efforts to reduce dangers on the road with publicity campaigns and tougher policing of dangerous driving.
Next week, the ROP hosts the Traffic Safety Exhibition at the International Exhibition Centre to highlight efforts to change the culture of dangerous driving by joined up efforts across all social sectors.
Brig. Eng Mohammed bin Awadh al Rowas, director general of traffic, said: “The exhibition will highlight the efforts of the Sultanate and the latest techniques in the field of road safety, involving the state’s institutions, the private sector and community organisations, and their role in working to reduce traffic accidents side by side with the ROP.”
The event aims to promote a culture of safety among all segments of society and to disseminate techniques for safe driving.
A large number of advanced fixed and mobile speed monitoring radars have recently been installed on major roads across the Sultanate as part of the National Strategy for the Reduction of Traffic Accidents.
Only last month, six Omanis were killed and seven injured in several accidents in a single day – September 9.
Earlier this year, Y Magazine launched its own car safety campaign along with the National youth Commission of Oman to encourage parents to put their children into child safety seats. More than 120 children died in traffic accidents in Oman last year.
*See next week’s Y for our major feature on road safety.