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Traffic accidents cost over $5bn each year in Saudi Arabia

Tailgating identified as the main cause of traffic accidents in Gulf kingdom - report

Traffic accidents cost over $5bn each year in Saudi Arabia

Tailgating – driving too closely behind another vehicle – has been identified as the main reason for traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia.

Annual cost of traffic accidents amounts to SR 20 billion ($5.33 billion), Arab News reported.

Analytical studies have shown that 30 percent of patients in hospital across the kingdom are traffic accident casualties.

Official figures also show that 80 percent of registered physical handicaps are the results of traffic accidents. In addition, there are approximately 40,000 injuries a year resulting from traffic accidents.

Any neglect or complacency in driving, using a mobile phone, speeding and eating while driving are among the major reasons for most traffic accidents, the local newspaper added.

Recently, the Disabled Children’s Association launched a campaign, with the cooperation of the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate of Traffic to raise awareness of traffic safety regulations and promote community awareness of traffic laws and motivate the public to abide by them.

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