Latest data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO) shows that the number of reported traffic accidents in the second quarter this year reached 2,255, down by 40.9 per cent over the same period in 2019. The Northern Harbour district registered the most accidents with 739 cases or 32.8 per cent of all accidents.
Road traffic casualties decreased by 46.6 per cent to 225 over the same period in 2019. Grievously injured persons amounted to 49, and consisted of 27 drivers, 5 passengers and 17 pedestrians/cyclists. The injuries suffered by four drivers and one passenger proved fatal. During this quarter, one less fatality occurred when compared to the same period in 2019.
The majority of those grieviously injured were males (79.6 per cent), accompanied with three male fatalities. The majority of casualties involved persons in the 26 to 40 age-bracket.
The largest number of road traffic casualties (51.1 per cent) involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (36.0 per cent) and goods-carrying vehicles (8.9 per cent). The five fatalities comprised of three motorcycle drivers, a quad and ATV driver, and a motorcycle passenger. Cyclists hit in traffi c accidents amounted to 17, of which eight suffered grievous injuries. Road traffic casualties caused by accidents between vehicles topped the list with 66.2 per cent of all road traffic casualties.
The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Thursdays and Tuesdays with 42 and 36 casualties respectively, while the highest number of road traffic accidents occurred on Fridays with 370 cases or 16.4 per cent of the total. The time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred was between 09:00 and 11:59 with 525 cases or 23.3 per cent of the total, followed by the 15:00-17:59 time bracket with 502 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 and 05:59 with 26 cases.
Highest incidence of road traffic accidents was registered in Birkirkara with 209 case, followed by Ħal Qormi and Il-Marsa, with 129 and 110 reported accidents respectively.
Six out of ten localities that registered the lowest number of road traffic accidents are located in the Gozo and Comino district. Only one road traffic accident was recorded in the locality of L-Imdina. Ix-Xghajra, L-Imtarfa, Il-Munxar and San Lawrenz registered two road traffic accidents each.
All districts recorded a decrease in road traffic accidents when compared to the second quarter of the previous year. The Northern Harbour district registered the highest percentage decrease in road traffic accidents of 47.4 per cent when compared to same quarter in 2019, followed by the Northern district.