Traffic accidents in Gozo up 34.9% on last year’s figures

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Traffic accidents in Gozo up 34.9% on last year's figuresIn the second quarter, the number of reported traffic accidents reached 3,741, almost at par with the corresponding quarter last year.

The largest increase was registered in Gozo and Comino with 205 accidents up from 152 last year, a 34.9% increase. On the other hand, the Southern Harbour district registered the largest decrease (7.5 per cent) in traffic accidents.

In the period under review, 438 traffic casualties were reported, of which 250 involved drivers. Among this group there were 214 injuries which were slight and 34 were reported as grievous. Furthermore, the injuries sustained by two drivers, one male and one female, proved fatal. During the period under review, 46 other persons (14 passengers and 32 pedestrians) suffered grievous injuries, while 142 (102 passengers and 40 pedestrians) were slightly injured.

On a gender basis, slightly-injured persons in the second quarter numbered 356: 209 males and 147 females. Grievously-injured persons totalled 80, the majority being males. The majority of casualties were in the 25-39 age group

78.8 per cent of traffic casualties were caused by passenger cars, followed by motorcycles at 12.8 per cent, while 5.5 per cent were caused by goods-carrying vehicles.

In the second quarter, the highest traffic casualty rate occurred on Wednesdays, accounting for 19.4 per cent of total casualties. The highest number of accidents was recorded on Mondays, totalling 594 cases, and the lowest was recorded on Sundays, with 408 cases. Sundays topped the highest casualty-to-accidents ratio, The daily time bracket in which most accidents occur is between 12:00 and 14:59, with 788 cases, or 21.1 per cent of the total. This is followed by the 09:00-11:59 time bracket, with 764 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 and 05:59 (81 cases).

In the period under review, Hal Qormi registered the highest rate of traffic accidents, with 242 cases. Birkirkara and Marsa were next, with 223 and 204 reported accidents respectively.

This data is supplied by the National Statistics Office.

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    4 Responses

    1. DDJ says:

      I am not surprised to see these figures when you observe the daily traffic on Gozo.

      Unfortunately, there are so many cars which do not follow the required norms about driving. But in addition, for example, pedestrians running on the street without watching out for cars too.

      Driving rules are created to manage danger and risk of motor traffic. Moreover, there needs to be a clear understanding, sophisticated enough to involve reading traffic signals, signs AND behave appropriately. Where these rules of conduct are broken disorderly behavior arises. But why? One way of finding out might be to do a case study.

      The solution is NOT an increase of car insurance. The reasons for the disorderly behavior should be find out to increase road safety. An improvement will be beneficial for all of us.

    2. George Palmer says:

      I agree with DDJ. The driving of many on Gozo falls lamentably short of what is required for safety. Lack of indication, using mobile phones (even by bus and lorry drivers) and failing to give precedence at roundabouts, ignoring stop or give way lines are common failings. I’ve nearly been ‘T’ boned on roundabouts many times by idiots who power into them forcing me to slam on the brakes when I have right of way. If the police had an unmarked traffic car they would be able to deprive these idiots of their licences and make the place safer for everyone.

    3. mickh911 says:

      when was the last time you saw a police officer stop a motorist for committing a driving offence ?
      how often do you read in the papers about motorists fined for bad driving practise’s ?
      the fact is the police do not have the man power or resource’s to monitor motorists, if they did, the money generated by fines would far out weigh the costs of policing the roads.
      on a related subject,to prove my suspicions about many vehicles on the road today, i recently took a car for the VRT, knowing full well that under UK MOT standards the vehicle would fail the test with worn suspension and steering joints,incorrect headlight alignment and faulty exhaust, i was not surprised when the vehicle passed the VRT, and i i got was an advisory that the number plate light was not working ! needless to say, i have had the suspension and steering joints replaced, a new exhaust system and headlights adjusted.
      unlike some vehicle owners, i value my and my passengers safety, many vehicles i see driving around would be more at home in a demolition derby, yet by Maltese VRT standards, they are road worthy !

    4. DDJ says:

      Road traffic: How is social order remade when a society fails to establish it itself? Who has the authority to create order again?

      The newly constructed Triq Fortunato Mizzi, Victoria’s main conduit, suffers from new traffic turmoil. Unfortunately, cars are again double-parking in both directions bringing traffic to standstill, effectively creating a one-way road again. The recently observed traffic jam stretched from Arkadia to the Police station.

      Rules are created to manage some of the dangers and risks of motor traffic. If car drivers cannot follow the required and shared norm that double parking is breaching the rules that govern motor traffic, then how can social order be established again? In a democracy such making of social order is governed through the enforcement by the state, which in this case delegates the task to its police forces.

      The issue leaves people with two questions:
      1. Does the state not provide the police with the required authority?
      2. If yes, why are the police not enforcing the law as the state’s authority?

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