The number of road accidents in the Sultanate during the first quarter of 2017 declined by 28.8 per cent.
Oman’s efforts to reduce road and traffic- related accidents have started to see the light of day, with the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealing a drop of nearly 29 per cent in the number of recorded incidents in the first three months of this year.
The number of road accidents in the Sultanate during the first quarter of 2017 declined by 28.8 per cent to 895 incidents, from 1,257 during the same period in 2016.
Road accidents in January, February and March 2017 were reported to be 318, 287 and 290, respectively. Meanwhile, the number of injuries fell to 691, a drop of 16.3 per cent. Meanwhile, the number of deaths stood at 150, which is a decrease of 6.3 per cent compared with the same period last year.
“This drop in the number of accidents and deaths may be an achievement for the ROP. And to an extent, it is commendable. However, we need to aim for an accident-free country. We are such an advanced country and yet we force ourselves to make mistakes on the road,” Ali al Barwani, the chief executive officer of Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), told Y.
In March, the Governorate of Muscat logged the highest number of road accidents with a share of 27.6 per cent of the total mishaps in the Sultanate, followed by the Governorate of South Al Batinah at 20.3 per cent. The governorates of A’Dhahirah and South A’Sharqyiah recorded 11.7 per cent of the total road accidents in Oman.
Another factor the NCSI noted was that 61 per cent of road accidents were recorded to have occurred during the day.
“Respect the rules of the road, and don’t underestimate the task that is at hand,” Ali al Barwani advised.