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There were two traffic fatalities in the fourth quarter of 2014 – NSO

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There were two traffic fatalities in the fourth quarter of 2014 - NSOIn the fourth quarter of 2014, the number of reported traffic accidents reached 3,632, an increase of 264 cases over the corresponding quarter in 2013, the injuries suffered by two pedestrians proved fatal, the National Statistics Office said today.

Increases were recorded in most districts, the biggest percentage increase (16.3 per cent) occurring in the Northern district. The Northern Harbour registered most accidents – 1,400 cases, or 38.5 per cent of the total.

Reported traffic casualties number 408, of which 255 involved drivers. In this group, 216 injuries were slight and another 39 were grievous. Thirty-two other persons (nine passengers and 23 pedestrians) suffered grievous injuries, while 119 (56 passengers and 63 pedestrians) were slightly injured.

On a gender basis, the 335 slightly-injured persons were divided into 183 males and 152 females. Grievously-injured persons totalled 71, the majority being males. The fatalities in the fourth quarter involved one male and one female.

The majority of casualties were in the 25-39 age bracket. A breakdown of traffic casualties reveals that 70.8 per cent were caused by passenger cars, followed by motorcycles at 17.6 per cent; 9.8 per cent were caused by goods-carrying vehicles.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, the highest traffic casualty rate occurred on Saturdays, accounting for 15.7 per cent of total casualties. The highest accident rate was recorded on Tuesdays, totalling 593 cases, and the lowest on Sundays, with 330 cases. Sunday, however, registered the highest casualty-to-accident ratio.

The daily time bracket in which most accidents occurred was between 09:00 and 11:59, with 809 cases, or 22.3 per cent of the total. This is followed by the 12:00-14:59 time bracket, with 776 cases (21.4 per cent of the total). The lowest number of accidents on a daily basis occurred between 00:00 and 02:59.

In the period under review, Birkirkara continued to register the highest rate of traffic accidents, with 253 cases. Hal Qormi and Msida were next, with 194 and 177 reported accidents respectively.

In 2014, the total number of recorded accidents totalled 14,473, an increase of 2.9 per cent over 2013. The Northern Harbour district registered the highest number of traffic accidents with 5,349 cases, or 37.0 per cent of the total.

Last year there were 1,796 persons (1,022 males and 774 females) who sustained injuries due to traffic accidents. Of these, ten cases (six males and four females) proved fatal. In 2014, 73.8 per cent of casualties were caused by passenger cars and 15.5 per cent by motorcycles.

On a locality level, the highest number of traffic accidents occurred in Birkirkara with 962 cases. Hal Qormi and Marsa were next, with 746 and 674 reported accidents respectively.

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