1 in 10 Oman road crashes result in fatalities

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One in every 11 road accidents in the Oman results in a fatality, according to new statistics.

The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) said between January and the end of November last year 6,600 road accidents were recorded resulting in 823 fatalities and 9,081 injuries, the Times of Oman said.

This compared to 7,529 accidents resulting in 1,059 fatalities and 10,737 injuries for the same period in 2012, pointing to a 12.3 percent decrease in accidents and 22.3 percent decrease in road deaths.

Statistics also reveal that men accounted for 85.3 percent of deaths, or 702, with women accounting for 14.7 per cent, or 121 of road fatalities.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Saudi Arabia, the largest country in the Gulf by land, has one of the world’s highest road fatality rates.

The kingdom averages 24.8 road fatalities per 100,000 people each year, well above the global average of 18, a 2010 WHO report found.

The same report found the UAE averaged 12.7 road fatalities per 100,000, Qatar averaged 14, Kuwait 16.5, Bahrain 10.5 and Oman 30.4.

Saudi traffic authorities recently introduced air traffic control measures to monitor traffic on a number of busy streets in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Meanwhile, the NCSI revealed vehicle Omani registrations to the end of November 2013 declined 6.5 percent. A total of 119,526 new vehicles were registered compared to 127,784 vehicles registered during the same period in 2012.

Among the reasons for the decline was the government's purchase of vehicles decreased by 38.1 percent. Only 2,095 government vehicles were registered compared to 3,387 in 2012.

In addition, rental cars, taxis and private vehicle registrations also declined.

However, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, and driving school cars witnessed a growth in sales with motorcycles topping the list, recording a growth of 38.2 percent.

New commercial vehicle registrations recorded a growth of 11.8 percent.

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