First nine months of 2018 has seen 16 road ac­ci­dent fa­tal­i­ties; 19 fa­tal­i­ties in 2017

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS - Gi­u­lia Ma­gri

Be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber 2018 the to­tal num­ber of road traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties has amounted to 16, when last year in 2017, 19 peo­ple died due to road an ac­ci­dent, the Na­tional Sta­tis­tics Of­fice data shows.

Ear­lier in Novem­ber Health Min­is­ter Chris Fearne was speak­ing dur­ing a Road Safety Con­fer­ence in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO), held on the World Day of Re­mem­brance for Road Traf­fic Vic­tims, where he said that road ac­ci­dents are one of the high­est causes of in­jury and death within the 15-40 age groups. He said that the next step to road safety in Malta is driver­less cars. In the WHO re­gion, in one hour 10 peo­ple die in road traf­fic ac­ci­dents, and on a global scale, 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple die per year be­cause of road ac­ci­dents.

So far the first quar­ter of 2018 saw four road fa­tal ca­su­al­ties, one be­ing when a tree top­pled over onto the Nis­san ve­hi­cle, 38 year old Dan Udrea was driv­ing in Fe­bru­ary. When clas­si­fied by gen­der, 164 males and 133 fe­males sus­tained slight/in­signif­i­cant in­juries dur­ing the first quar­ter, and the fa­tal­i­ties com­prised of three males and one fe­male.

Dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of the year there were nine road traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties, one be­ing 53 year old cy­clist died af­ter be­ing hit by a car on the Re­gional Road back in June. Fur­ther­more apart from the cy­clist, four driv­ers, three pas­sen­gers and one pedes­trian suf­fered from in­juries which lead to be fa­tal. Be­tween July and Septem­ber, there were three road traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties, and data on the last quar­ter of this year has yet to be pub­lished.

The sta­tis­tics show that the re­gion reg­is­tered with the most ac­ci­dents is the North­ern har­bour re­gion, 3,945 to­tal road ac­ci­dents were reg­is­tered be­tween Jan­uary –Septem­ber of 2018.

The lat­est fa­tal­ity oc­curred on Thurs­day 27 De­cem­ber when 21-year-old Nolan Far­ru­gia was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a truck in Luqa. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Far­ru­gia was the sev­enth mo­tor­cy­clist to have died this year, show­ing that mo­tor­bike fa­tal­i­ties have more than dou­bled since 2017, were there were three mo­tor­bike fa­tal­i­ties. Apart from the seven fa­tal­i­ties, 72 mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing griev­ous in­juries in the first nine months.

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