There were 4 traffic fatalities in the 2nd quarter of this year

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There were 4 traffic fatalities in the 2nd quarter of this yearFigures released from the National Statistics Office show that in the second quarter, reported traffic accidents reached 3,746, almost at par with the corresponding quarter last year. The largest increase was registered in the Northern Harbour district (5.3 per cent).

On the other hand, the Gozo and Comino district registered the largest decrease (27.3 per cent) in traffic accidents.

In the period under review, 436 traffic casualties were reported, of which 273 involved drivers. Among this group there were 224 injuries which were slight and 46 were reported as grievous. Furthermore, the injuries sustained by three male drivers proved fatal.

During the period under review, 31 other persons (12 passengers and 19 pedestrians) suffered grievous injuries, while 131 (87 passengers and 44 pedestrians) were slightly injured. Moreover, injuries sustained by a male passenger proved fatal.

On a gender basis, slightly-injured persons in the second quarter numbered 355: 213 males and 142 females. Grievously-injured persons totalled 77, the majority being males. The majority of casualties were in the 25-39 age group.

Table 8 shows that 68.8 per cent of traffic casualties were caused by passenger cars, followed by motorcycles, at 19.5 per cent, while 5.5 per cent were caused by goods- carrying vehicles.

In the second quarter, the highest traffic casualty rate occurred on Saturdays, accounting for 16.3 per cent of total casualties. The highest number of accidents was recorded on Fridays, totalling 622 cases, and the lowest on Sundays, with 356 cases. Sundays topped the highest casualty-to-accidents ratio.

The daily time bracket in which most accidents occur is between 15:00 and 17:59, with 783 cases, or 20.9 per cent of the total. This is followed by the 12:00-14:59 time bracket, with 767 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 and 05:59 (87 cases).

In the period under review, Hal Qormi registered the highest rate of traffic accidents, with 232 cases. Marsa and Birkirkara were next, with 215 and 205 reported accidents respectively.

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