In a recent Gulf Traffic Conference held in Dubai, the Director General of Safety Department at the transport ministry declared the road casualties in the Kingdom to be decreased by 33% in 2018 as compared to 2017.
The statistics were published in a paper presented by Mohammed Mesfer Al-Aboud in Gulf Traffic Conference, Dubai. The abrupt reduction of road traffic casualties is the outcome of the ministry’s implementation of several road safety projects, said Al-Aboud. According to the statistics, with the 33% drop, the casualties were reduced to 13,221 in 2018 from 17,632 in 2017 while the number of injuries had reached 1,075 during the current year, compared to 14,481 last year. This drop resulted in a financial return of SAR 165 million.
Al-Aboud indicated that the goal of Vision 2030 is to reach 8 deaths for every 100,000 citizens, compared to 26 deaths in 2015, on all the Kingdom’s roads. He stated that this could lead to increase in the financial to SAR 3.3 billion in 10 years and with the proper addressing of black point systems the financial return of more the SAR 6.6 billion can also be collected during the same period.
The main causes of roadside fatalities indicated in the paper were the reckless driving, distracted driving, lack of safety measures on vehicles, tire explosions along with camels running over.