By Courtney Trenwith
Gulf kingdom has one of the worst road fatality rates in the world with over 7,000 dying this year
An average 19 people are killed on Saudi Arabian roads every day, according to statistics released by the kingdom’s General Traffic Department.
More than 7000 people died in traffic accidents this year, while more than 35,000 people were injured, including about 17,000 left with permanent injuries, the department’s general director Major General Abdul Rahman Al Muqbil told local media.
Saudi Arabia, the largest country in the Gulf by land, has one of the world’s highest road fatality rates, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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.
Perhaps the time has come for women to drive.
Quite right, no name. We often hear details of the horrendous road death statistics in Saudi Arabia, but why does nobody in any official position ever mention the fact that ALL those careless, arrogant and suicidal drivers causing the accidents are MEN. If there were more women drivers, there would definitely be fewer accidents insha'Allah. And I'm 100% sure there would be more careful, courteous and considerate road use- hopefully by ALL drivers. My driving instructor's questions should be followed: 1.is it safe? 2.is it legal? 3.would it inconvenience other road users? I think he would cry if he came here are saw the driving. "AIR traffic control measures to monitor traffic"?? We do see police cars patrolling, but they'll never catch up with the speedsters! I guess helicopters can go faster, and I only hope they can read number plates and report the perpetrators