Eight traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties in Q3, Birkirkara lo­cal­ity with most ac­ci­dents

● Dur­ing the third quar­ter of 2016, there were eight traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The num­ber of re­ported traf­fic ac­ci­dents in the third quar­ter reached 3,809, down by 7.4% over the com­par­a­tive pe­riod in 2015. The North­ern Har­bour district reg­is­tered the most ac­ci­dents with 1,368 cases or 35.9% of all ac­ci­dents.

Traf­fic ca­su­al­ties in­creased by 10.8% to 513 over 2015, of which 307 (59.8%) in­volved driv­ers. The amount of slight in­juries sus­tained by driv­ers was 264 and 40 cases were re­ported as griev­ous. An­other 47 per­sons (26 pas­sen­gers and 21 pedes­tri­ans) suf­fered griev­ous in­juries. There were also 110 pas­sen­gers and 44 pedes­tri­ans who were slightly in­jured. Fur­ther­more, the in­juries suf­fered by three driv­ers, one pas­sen­ger and four pedes­tri­ans were fa­tal.

On a gen­der ba­sis, slightly-in­jured per­sons in the third quar­ter this year amounted to 418: 220 males and 198 fe­males. Griev­ously-in­jured per­sons to­talled 87, the ma­jor­ity be­ing males. The fa­tal­i­ties com­prised of seven males and one fe­male. The ma­jor­ity of ca­su­al­ties and fa­tal­i­ties fell in the 26-40 age bracket.

The largest num­ber of traf­fic ca­su­al­ties (72.3%) was caused by pas­sen­ger cars, fol­lowed by mo­tor­cy­cles (20.5%) and goods-car­ry­ing ve­hi­cles (5.1%). Of the eight fa­tal­i­ties, five were caused by pas­sen­ger cars and three by mo­tor­cy­cles.

The high­est traf­fic ca­su­alty rate oc­curred on Satur­days, ac­count­ing for 17.2% of to­tal ca­su­al­ties, while the high­est num­ber of ac­ci­dents was recorded on Fri­days. Satur­days topped the high­est ca­su­alty-to-ac­ci­dents ra­tio, with 18.1% com­pared to an over­all av­er­age of 13.5%.

The daily time bracket in which most ac­ci­dents oc­curred was be­tween 9:00-11:59, with 845 cases, or 22.2% of the to­tal. This was fol­lowed by the 12:00-14:59 time bracket, with 788 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 294 cases. St. Paul’s Bay and Qormi were next, with 213 and 166 re­ported ac­ci­dents re­spec­tively.

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