Posted on January 25, 2015

Qatar Road Safety Studies Center (QRSSC) at Qatar University (QU) recently presented findings of several studies sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar to support its efforts in finding solutions to road safety challenges in Qatar.

The event was attended by QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham, QRSSC Director Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, VP and Chief Financial Officer Dr Humaid Al-Midfaa, QU Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) Director Dr Darwish Al-Emadi, ExxonMobil VP  of Government and Public Affairs Saleh Al Mana, Traffic Department Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, General Secretary of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Brigadier Mohamed Al Malki, and ExxonMobil National Development Manager Abdullatif Al Naimi, as well as faculty, staff, and representatives from the Traffic Department. 

Presentations were delivered by College of Engineering (CENG) Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda, QRSSC Research Associate Dr Mohamed Bin Mokhtar Kharbeche, QU Academic Researcher Dr Galal Mohammed Abdella, and QU Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Dr Mohammad Ghanim on topics including in-depth analysis of vehicle accidents in Qatar, prediction of road accidents in Qatar by 2022, and pedestrian safety enhancement in Qatar. Studies in-progress on assessment of road safety awareness campaigns and the safety of Doha’s highways were also presented by QRSSC research team.

In his research study titled “In-depth analysis of vehicle accidents in Qatar”, Prof Hammuda noted an increase in the number of vehicles by 16% and accidents by 14% between 1995-2013. He added that the percentage of accidents was lower in the first quarter of the year, and increased in the second and the fourth quarters. The highest fatalities due to traffic accidents occur on Sundays and Mondays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Dr Hammuda said, noting further that 90% of the fatalities were male 20-30 years of age, and the most critical accidents were caused by drivers with  less than 4 years’ driving experience.

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In his remarks, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Alammari said: “Road safety is a crucial area of interest in Qatar, as the country is developing very fast. The College of Engineering continues to demonstrate its commitment to citizen safety on Qatar’s roads and highways by engaging in a range of research, professional development training, and community awareness programs with a number of leading organizations. It is very important to us to collaborate with partners such as the Traffic Department and ExxonMobil Qatar to find long-term solutions to the road and traffic challenges in Qatar.”

President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar Alistair Routledge said: “At ExxonMobil, we take safety very seriously – it is a value that shapes all decision-making at every level. We are pleased to see the progress that has been made towards protecting drivers and pedestrians on Qatar’s roads, and we are extremely proud of our partnership with Qatar University and the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department to support Qatar Road Safety Studies Center, and we look forward to continued progress and positive outcomes.”

Brigadier Al-Kharji thanked Qatar University for its continuous support in providing communication and consultations with the Traffic Department and in developing various road safety initiatives. He also noted the importance of fostering efforts of both parties to raise the community’s awareness of Qatar’s traffic safety challenges. “These findings make a good addition to our efforts to better respond to these challenges”, he said.