(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Road safety, an issue of high concern in Oman, has seen an improvement as the half-early traffic report shows a decline in injuries and deaths from road accidents.
The latest figures from ROP's Directorate General of Traffic show that fatalities have come down by a significant 18.2 per cent over the last year.
Comparing accident data for January-June in 2013 (4,103 cases) and the same period last year (4,177), the number of accidents shows a marginal decline of 1.8 per cent, while injuries have come down by 11.4 per cent.
Significantly, the number of deaths has shown a decrease from 539 last year to 441 in 2013, a decline of 18.2 per cent. Month-wise, March this year witnessed highest number of deaths from road accidents at 82, while in January there were 75 deaths, 62 in February, 74 in April, 68 in May and 80 in June.
According to the Directorate General of Traffic, the number of injuries has also come down by 11.4 per cent from 6,119 in 2012 to 5,420 in 2013. January this year recorded the highest number of road accident injuries with 1,026 cases, while February recorded 778, March 944, April 916, May 912 and June 844.
Of the injured, 4,263 were Omanis and 1,157 expatriates. There was a decline in both the categories, with injuries to Omanis coming down by 13.3 per cent and to expatriates by 3.8 per cent. In comparison, last year 4,916 Omanis and 1,203 expatriates were injured in the first six months.
The data also classifies the injured into men and women, and shows a 12.3 per cent drop in the number of Omani men injured in accidents (3,385 in 2012 to 2,970 in 2013), and a 15.5 per cent fall in Omani women injured (1,531 to 1,293).
Injuries to expatriate men also declined 7.6 per cent (1,076 in 2012 to 994 in 2013). However there was an increase of 28.3 per cent (from 127 to 163) in number of expatriate women getting injured.
According to the Directorate General of Traffic, road accident deaths among Omanis dipped by 19.7 per cent (from 356 to 286) during first six months this year, while that among expatriates went down by 15.3 per cent (183 to 155).
Although the number of deaths among expatriate men dropped 17.6 per cent, the number of expatriate women killed during January to June rose by 15.4 per cent from 13 in 2012 to 15 this year.
The 7.5 per cent drop was also witnessed in the number of new vehicles registered in the country as compared to last year. As many as 63,775 vehicles were registered in six months this year in comparison to 68,978 last year.
Significant drop was seen in number of new government car registrations (47.8 per cent) and in private sector by 13.1 per cent. There was a improvement in the registration of tractors (62.2 per cent), motorbikes (42.4 per cent), driving schools (35.5 per cent), and commercial vehicles (22.4 per cent) among others.