More than 500 children are killed every day in road accidents, and tens of thousands are injured, often suffering lifelong disabilities, according to the WHO
In Oman, according to the data released by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) in 2016, one in roughly eight road deaths involved a child.
Out of the 692 deaths and 3,261 injuries documented that year, 82 deaths and 393 injuries involved children aged 15 and under. As many as 48 deaths and 183 injuries occurred among children aged six and under, while 34 deaths and 210 injuries involved children between the ages of seven and 15.
While it is not known whether they were car seat-related injuries and deaths, it is important for everyone to have knowledge about what works to prevent children from being killed or injured in traffic collisions.
Child seats in vehicles are intended to keep children firmly secured in their seat so that in the event of a sudden braking or collision the child is not thrown against the car interior or ejected from the vehicle.
So buckle up your child every single time even if it is just a 200-metre drive down the lane.
Fewer accidents but more deaths
The ROP has been able to successfully reduce the number of traffic accidents through safety campaigns and strict implementation of regulations.
Since 2012, the number of crashes on Oman’s road has gone down, thanks to the great efforts put in by the ROP and society.
So far in 2018, Oman recorded 597 road accidents (from January to March) compared with 895 accidents in the same period last year.
This shows a 33 per cent decrease in the number of crashes. However, more people have died this year compared with that of last year. While 150 people died in the first quarter of 2017, the death rate stands at 155 in the first three months of 2018.
According to latest figures, 59 per cent of the accidents happened at night. There were 1,453,782 vehicles on Oman roads as of March 2018.