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