More accidents, but fewer deaths in Oman this year
July 25, 2015 | 9:49 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: While there has been a marginal increase in the number of accidents, there has been a decrease in the number of deaths and injuries in the first six months this year. There has been a 1.7 per cent increase in road accidents across the Sultanate compared to the same period last year, according to the monthly bulletin of the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) for July.

The report says that 2,958 accidents were recorded till June, compared to 2,909 for the same period in 2014. Fatalities decreased 24 per cent compared to last year, with 307 people losing their lives in the first half of 2015, compared to 404 last year.

“We request motorists to abide by road safety rules and continue to work towards bringing down the accident figures,” said a police official. “It is good to know that there is a decrease in the number of those dead and injured in accidents. We appreciate the efforts of the Royal Oman Police in creating awareness among motorists. The decrease in numbers proves that people are now mindful of the rules,” said a resident.

“However, more needs to be done to avoid accidents completely. We can bring the figures down further,” he added. The number of injured till June this year totalled 1,593 as compared to 2,832 till June 2014, a 43.8 per cent decrease.

The number of injured Omanis stood at 1,240, which was again a drop from 2,131 last year. Omanis accounted for 77.84 per cent of injured victims while the number of injured averaged 22.15 per cent. Injuries due to road accidents decreased 41.8 per cent and 49.6 per cent, respectively for Omanis and expatriates, compared to figures during the same period last year. Among those who lost their lives in road accidents in the first six months of this year were 208 Omanis and 99 expatriates.

June was the month when the most accidents took place. There were 631 mishaps registered compared to 546 in May, 506 in April, 455 in March and 337 in February. In 2014, 816 people died and 4,143 were injured in 5,768 road accidents as compared to 913 deaths and 10,802 injuries in 7,829 road accidents in 2013. The number of deaths in road accidents also dropped 10.6 per cent in 2014.

The number of those who suffered injuries in road accidents in Muscat also saw a significant decrease of 61.6 per cent in 2014, according to the NCSI.

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