Traffic accidents drop by 0.5%, casualties by 10.4% in Q2

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 at 1:11 pm by Christian Keszthelyi

The number of reported traffic accidents dropped by 0.5% to 3,818 during Q2 2019, as compared to the same period a year earlier, according to a report issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO). Despite the marginal drop in the number of accidents, road traffic casualties declined by 10.4% to 421 over the same period in 2018.   

During the second quarter, the injuries suffered by three drivers and three passengers proved to be fatal while the number of road traffic fatalities were three less than those recorded during the same quarter in 2018. The total number of road traffic fatalities during the first six months this year amounted to seven.

The majority of the road traffic casualties (62.2%) involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (27.1%) and goods-carrying vehicles (5.7%). Road traffic casualties caused by collisions between vehicles were the most common with 74.8%.

The highest road traffic casualty and road traffic accident rates occurred on Thursdays with 66 casualties and 606 accidents. The time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred was between 12:00 and 14:59 with 841 cases, followed by the 09:00-11:59 bracket of time with 812 cases. The least number of accidents took place between 03:00 and 05:59 — during the night and early morning — registering 73 accidents. 

The Northern Harbour district registered the largest share of all road traffic accidents with 1,405 cases (36.8%) of all accidents. The highest number of road traffic accidents by locality was registered in Birkirkara with a total of 312. Ħal Qormi and St Paul’s Bay came after with 215 and 178, respectively. 

The full report with charts and tables is available for download from the official website of NSO.  

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