40% Drop in Road Accident Deaths – Bahrain
Over the past year, NSA has been designing, implementing and installing road safety cameras in Bahrain. Bahrain is now reporting a 40% reduction in road fatalities. Officers in Bahrain are now patrolling using NSA’s Next Generation Enforcement Vehicles- our team couldn’t be any more proud. We look forward to watching these numbers drop even more. Read the attached article from the Gulf Daily for more information.
FATALITIES in accidents on Bahrain’s roads dropped by 40 per cent last year compared to 2015, it has been revealed.
Forty-seven people died last year in traffic accidents compared to 76 in 2015.
The fall has been credited to increased traffic patrols, installation of high-tech cameras on all major highways and the implementation of stringent punishments.
“The number of road fatalities dropped from 76 in 2015 to 47 last year, which is a reduction of about 40.48pc,” said Traffic General Director Colonel Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulwahab Al Khalifa.
“The death rate last year was 3.51 (deaths) per 100,000 people compared to 6.39 per 100,000 people in 2015.”
He was speaking yesterday during a Press conference at the Traffic Directorate headquarters in Isa Town.
Col Shaikh Abdulrahman said his department processed two million transactions involving payment of fines and writing up accident reports.
“The number of registered vehicles last year was 653,000, an increase of 41,462 over 2015.
“Besides, 899,874 learners’ driving licences were issued last year, compared to 830,952 in 2015.”
In the past five years, 3,953,483 learners’ driving licences were issued.
He also said that 96,892 people took the driving test last year, with the total number of applicants from 2012 to last year being 392,340.
Col Shaikh Abdulrahman said his department was also moving towards adopting a cashless system, relying more on online portals and kiosks.
“We are working on a new project which would see accident reports being sent to insurance companies electronically from the site of the accident by the traffic policeman.
“This will save time for all concerned.”
He urged people to use the eGovernment services to update their telephone numbers in order to receive notifications about licence expiry, annual registration, etc.
New road safety campaigns will also be launched to educate drivers about the significance of yellow boxes at junctions and encouraging cyclists to wear helmets.
The road deaths rate in Bahrain was low considering the increase in the number of cars (653,000 last year), said traffic culture director Lieutenant Colonel Osama Bahar.
“In 2015, the rate of deaths in traffic accidents was 3.6 in Singapore and 3.3 in Switzerland – we are close to this rate because of our traffic campaigns and strict laws.”
Dismissing the popular notion that expatriates caused more accidents, he said almost 78pc of the crashes last year were caused by Bahrainis.
The most widespread violation noticed was drivers texting on smartphones while driving, an offence punishable by law.
“We want to promote the culture of safety among people in Bahrain where they wear seat belts and do not use mobile phones while driving,” said Lt Col Bahar.
On an average, 300 accidents were registered daily with most of them being minor.
The new traffic law featuring increased fines and jail terms for driving offences was introduced in February 2015.
A driving points system was later implemented with cumulative demerits for traffic offences.
If a driver accumulates, for the first time, 20 points during a calendar year, his licence will be withdrawn for three months.