Figures issued by the National Statistics Office show that the number of reported traffic accidents in the first quarter this year reached 3,357, down by 8.2% over the same period in 2019. The Northern Harbour district registered the most accidents with 1,170 cases or 34.9 per cent of all accidents.
Road traffic casualties also decreased by 15% to 306 over the same period in 2019.
Grievously injured persons amounted to 59, and consisted of 36 drivers, 9 passengers and 14 pedestrians/cyclists. The injuries suffered by one driver and one pedestrian proved fatal. During this quarter, one more fatality occurred when compared to the same period in 2019.
The majority of those grieviously injured were males (66.1%), accompanied with two male fatalities. The majority of casualties involved persons in the 41 to 59 age-bracket.
The largest number of road traffic casualties (70.3%) involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (22.5%) and goods-carrying vehicles (4.6%).
The two fatalities comprised of a motorcycle driver and a pedestrian hit by a passenger car. Cyclists hit in traffic accidents amounted to 10, of which two suffered grievous injuries.
The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Saturdays and Sundays with 56 and 54 casualties respectively, while the highest number of road traffic accidents occurred on Fridays with 552 cases or 16.4% of the total.
The time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred was between 12:00 and 14:59 with 745 cases or 22.2% of the total, followed by the 09:00-11:59 time bracket with 735 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 and 05:59 with 67 cases.
Highest incidence of road traffic accidents was registered in Birkirkara with 277 cases, followed by Ħal Qormi and Mosta, with 180 and 164 reported accidents respectively.
Four out of five localities that registered the lowest number of road traffic accidents are located in the Gozo and Comino district. Only one road traffic accident was recorded in each of the following localities: Għarb, Mdina and San Lawrenz. Għasri and Qala registered two road traffic accidents each.