Posted on March 15, 2014

The death rate in road accidents in Qatar has dropped below the global average, thanks to increasing levels of traffic awareness in society, Brigadier Mohammed Saad al Kharji, Director of Traffic Department, has said. 

Kharji who was talking during a ceremony to honour delegations from GCC countries participating in the activities of Gulf Traffic Week, said that last year's rate of 9.3 deaths per 100,000 people was less than the global average which was 13 deaths per 100,000 people. He also revealed that the rate of severe injuries caused by traffic accidents has declined by 45 per cent in 2013, according to data of the Hamad Medical Corporation.

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"These figures confirm that we are moving in the right direction. We are moving towards a lasting improvement due to traffic regulations, awareness among people and cooperation of all stakeholders," Kharji said.

In 2006, Qatar had the worst indicators for traffic accidents, deaths and severe injuries, but in recent years there has been an improvement."We hope to bring the death rate to below five a year," he said. He stressed that good traffic management and traffic awareness campaigns will go a long way in protecting life and property."Even a single death of injury is unfortunate. We will continue efforts to protect our youth and society," he added.

source: Qatar Tribune