29% fall in road accidents

Muscat - 

The number of road accidents in the sultanate in the first quarter of 2017 declined by 28.8 per cent to 895 as against 1,257 in the same period of 2016, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Road accidents in January, February and March 2017 were reported to be 318, 287 and 290 respectively. NCSI said injuries from accidents fell by 16.3 per cent to 691 while deaths decreased by 6.3 per cent to 150 compared to the same period last year.

The number of Omanis injured in road accidents declined by 19.2 per cent to 516 (144 women) while the number of Omanis who died in road accidents increased by 1.9 per cent to 108 (24 women) by the end of March this year compared to the same period last year.

The number of injured expatriates came down by 6.4 per cent to 175 (including 13 women) while expatriates who died in road accidents fell by 22.2 per cent to 42 (one woman).

In March, the Governorate of Muscat logged the highest number of road accidents with a share of 27.6 per cent of the total mishaps in the sultanate, followed by the Governorate of South Batinah at 20.3 per cent while the governorates of Dhahirah and South Sharqiyah, each of them reporting 11.7 per cent of the total road accidents.

Also, 61 per cent of the road accidents in the sultanate in March happened in the day time, the NCSI report said.

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