A tremendous fall in the number of road accidents was recorded during the Eid Al Adha break this year, according to the Royal Oman Police (ROP). Eid breaks are normally a time when the number increases because people are travelling to different parts of the country.
The ROP said that the drop could be due to increased awareness and the fewer holidays, compared with the number of days off in previous years. People also travelled outside of Oman during the four-day break, which eased travel flow.
During the Eid Al Adha break in 2013, a road accident in Seeb resulted in a fire and caused the death of three occupants, in addition to 13 who died in Eid Al Fitr during the same year. In 2011, 28 people were killed and 346 injured in 234 accidents during the Eid Al Fitr break.
“I don’t have the statistics yet, but I can tell you with great confidence that the number of accidents have decreased during this break,” an official from the ROP told a local newspaper.
Abroad, three Omani nationals were killed and one suffered injuries in a road accident in Riyadh, the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs office in Muscat has said.
“The vehicle in question belonged to one of the Omani Hajj campaigns”, the ministry tweeted on Sunday morning.
According to Sultan bin Mohammed al Hinai, Deputy Head of the Omani Hajj Mission, the vehicle drifted off the road and collided with another vehicle, leading to the death of three Omanis.
The Omani Hajj Mission has urged drivers to remain alert and ensure that they have had enough rest before attempting to drive while returning home from Saudi Arabia after performing Hajj, it said in a statement.