Road accidents have decreased by 66.2 per cent in the five years from 2015 to 2019, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
An average of one traffic accident occurred every two hours on Oman’s roads in 2015 and 2016 compared to one every four hours in 2019, the NCSI stated.
There were 6,279 accidents in 2015 compared to 2,120 in 2019.
In 2019, the highest number of accidents were reported in Muscat (27.7 per cent), followed by Dakhliyah (14.7 per cent), South Batinah (13.3 per cent), Dhofar (11.4 per cent), North Batinah (10.7 per cent), North Sharqiyah (6.1 per cent), South Sharqiyah (5.4 per cent), Dhahirah (4.2 per cent), Al Wusta (3.9 per cent), Buraimi (2.1 per cent) and Musandam (0.5 per cent).
A total of 511 people were killed in road accidents in 2019 in the sultanate, a decrease of 20 per cent over 2018. Of the 511 lives lost, in 269 cases speed was the main factor for the accidents and consequently death. A total of 384 accidents were the result of overspeeding in 2018 and 347 in 2017.
The overall death figures from road accidents were 640 in 2017 and 637 in 2018.
Among the reasons for death related to road accidents, overspeeding was followed by negligence (98), bad road behaviour (50), overtaking (32), defects in vehicle (28), driver fatigue (12), tailgating (12), flaw in road (2) and one each related to weather conditions and sudden stopping.