Muscat: An average of two people died on Oman's roads every single day due to accidents in the first six months of this year, according to data from the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Since the beginning of 2016 until the end of June a total of 2100 accidents took place which left 336 people dead. That translates to two deaths per day.
The number of deaths has increased by 8.4 percent compared to 310 of the same period last year.
Omani deaths registered a 4.3 percent rise with 219 recorded while expatriate deaths due to road accidents rose by 17 percent with 117 during the first half of this year.
Injuries decreased by 23.3 percent during the first half of 2016 with 1410 registered compared to 1838 in 2015. Over two thirds of injuries were registered as Omani with 1071 while expatriates recorded 339 injuries.
The total number of accidents however has decreased considerably by 37 percent compared to 3334 accidents during the same period in 2015, according to NCSI figures.
NCSI also stated that 55 percent of the accidents occur at night time.
HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued a Royal Decree 38/2016 to amend some provisions of the traffic law which could possibly mean stricter laws as well as introducing heftier fines to prevent, or at least, minimize traffic accidents and losses as a result.