Muscat, The number of road accidents in the

Sultanate dropped by 40.4 percent till the end of July 2018 compared

to the same month in 2017.

According to the latest statistics released by the National Centre

for Statistics and Information (NCSI), as many as 215 road accidents

were recorded in July 2018, which was less compared to the months of

May and June in 2018.

Among governorates, Muscat recorded the highest rate of road

accidents at 28.4 percent in July this year, followed by Dhofar at 17.2

percent, A’Dakhiliyah recorded 11.2 percent, and the Governorates of

North and South Al Batinah at 10.7 percent each. The rate of accidents

in the rest of the governorates reached 21.8 percent, the data revealed.

NCSI data reveal that there was an overall reduction in the

number of deaths, including Omanis and expatriates, by 31.1 percent

in July 2018 compared to the same month in 2017. As many as 42

people, comprising 33 Omanis and 9 expatriates, fell deaths to road

accidents in July 2018. This is comparatively less considering the

figures in May and June, which were 45 and 65, respectively.

Meanwhile, about 266 people, comprising 200 Omanis and 66

expatriates, were injured in July this year, which is less compared to

the same month in 2017. Of the total number of accidents, 52 percent

took place in the night and 48 percent was recorded during the day.

Source: Oman News Agency