By Staff writer
102 others injured in road accidents daily, sparking concern among campaigners
At least 23 people die and 102 others are injured every day as a result of traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia, it has been reported.
Local media, citing the directorate general of traffic’s 2015 annual report, said there was an average of 1,460 traffic accidents resulting in death or serious injury per day in the kingdom in 2015.
A total of 518,795 traffic accidents were recorded last year, including 8,063 deaths and 36,302 injured. Riyadh saw the largest number of accidents followed by Makkah then Dammam.
Campaigners in Saudi Arabia said the figures were alarming, according to Saudi Gazette. It quoted Abdul Hameed Al Moajil, chairman of the Society for Traffic Safety, as saying the statistics were indicative of a steady rise in serious road accidents in the kingdom.
“This is enough evidence that plans executed during the past two years, including the Saher road monitoring system, have failed,” he said, adding that awareness raising campaigns organised by the Traffic Department needed to be improved.
Al Moajil urged ministers to commission a comprehensive independent study to make recommendations for how to cut the number of traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia.
When looking at statistics, there are about
20 countries that surpass Saudi when it
comes to traffic accidents. Anyway, aside
from all that, I believe that once the Riyadh
metro project is done and ready,things will
be much smoother and the road deaths will
see a new low.
Yet again tragic loss of life due to careless driving. According to unofficial results, the total number of people who were killed in car accidents in KSA in the past years has exceeded the number of victims of the local war in Lebanon!