Latest data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO) shows that the number of reported traffic accidents in the fourth quarter reached 3,450, up by 1.4 per cent over the comparative period in 2016. The Northern Harbour district registered the most accidents with 1,398 cases or 40.5 per cent of all accidents. In 2017, road traffic accidents totalled 14,940 or 77 accidents less than 2016.
Traffic casualties increased by 8.3 per cent to 405 over the same period in 2016, of which 246 (60.7 per cent) involved drivers. The amount of drivers who sustained slight/insignificant injuries was 206, while 39 cases were reported as grievous. Another 36 persons (9 passengers, 23 pedestrians/others, 4 cyclists) suffered grievous injuries. There were also 61 passengers, 52 pedestrians/others and 9 cyclists who were slightly/insignificantly injured. Furthermore, the injuries suffered by one driver and one pedestrian were fatal. The total number of road traffic fatalities during 2017 amounted to 19, four fatalities less than 2016.
On a gender basis, slightly/insignificantly injured persons in the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to 328; 195 males and 133 females. Grievously-injured persons totalled 75; of whom the majority were males. The fatalities comprised of one male and one female. The majority of casualties fell in the 41- 59 age bracket.
The largest number of road traffic casualties (64.0 per cent) were caused by passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (24.9 per cent) and goods-carrying vehicles (5.9 per cent). The two fatalities comprised of a motorcycle driver and a pedestrian who was hit by a passenger car.
The highest road traffic casualty rate occurred on Sundays, accounting for 16.3 per cent of total casualties, while the highest number of road traffic accidents (547) was recorded on Wednesdays. Sundays topped the highest casualty-to-accidents ratio, with 17.9 per cent compared to an overall average of 11.7 per cent.
The daily time bracket in which most accidents happened was between 09:00-11:59, with 724 cases, or 21.0 per cent of the total. This was followed by the 12:00-14:59 time bracket, with 722 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 and 05:59 (86 cases).
The highest rate of traffic accidents was registered in Birkirkara with 329 cases. Ħal Qormi and Mosta were next, with 188 and 146 reported accidents respectively.