Traffic Department marks road traffic victims day

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Doha: The General Directorate of Traffic commemorated yesterday the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims under the slogan “life is not a car part”.

The commemoration was held at the department headquarters at Madinat Khalifa in the presence of a number of officials from the department and authorities concerned.

The department said that all the indicators this year show a substantial reduction in traffic accidents and the statistics will be published next year.

Speaking at the event, Major General Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, Director-General of the General Directorate of Traffic, said that more than one 1.4 million traffic deaths occur annually in the world and more than 50 million are injured due to road accidents and such big numbers are not seen even in wars.

According to the United Nations’ report, the risk of traffic deaths remains three times higher in developing countries compared to developed countries, he added.

 

Al Kharji also said that Qatar is considered one of the world's leading countries in the third world in the field of traffic safety through the establishment of the National Traffic Safety Committee.

Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Maliki, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee, pointed out that since the establishment of the committee, it has contributed significantly to the reduction of traffic accidents by a large percentage, where all parties, both governmental and non-governmental, participated.

On the sidelines of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims, an awareness exhibition was opened at General Directorate of Traffic.

The statistics indicate that the GCC countries loose more than $19bn a year as a result of traffic accidents on the road, which is equivalent to 3.7percent of the total losses globally, and that the mortality rate tops the list globally, reaching 24 cases per 100,000 people.

Source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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