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Qatar's traffic mortality rate far below global average: Kharji
 


Tribune News Network

Doha

Traffic-related death rate in Qatar is below the global average, thanks to rise in traffic awareness and close coordination among various authorities, according to Director of the General Directorate of Traffic Brig. Mohammed Saad al Kharji.

Last year, the traffic mortality rate was 8.2 per 100,000 population, which is less than the global average that ranges between 10 and 15 per 100,000 population, Kharji said.

"These figures assure us that we are moving on the right track and the situation is improving due to efforts made by the country in line with the National Traffic Safety Strategy 2013-22," Kharji told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop on the role of government and private sector to support the National Strategy for Traffic Safety.

Brig. Mohammed Abdullah al Maliki, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the decline in traffic mortality rate in Qatar despite increase in the number of vehicles and population confirms the success of the country's efforts in reducing fatal road accidents.

Maliki said the main objective of the strategy is to reduce the accident death rate to six by 2022.

"The role of the public and private sectors in supporting the implementation of the National Strategy for Traffic Safety" workshop is organised by the National Committee for Traffic Safety to strengthen the role of the authorities in implementing the strategy as per the agreed schedules.

The workshop looks at facilitating the implementation of sustainable development goals, adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and April 2016 and ratified by Qatar, on traffic safety, reducing traffic congestion and improving road networks and urban planning.

The workshop will work on arranging a schedule for quarterly meetings of coordinators from the competent authorities with the traffic safety national office to assess the progress made and to develop effective plans to expedite the strategy implementation.


 
 

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