Bahrain sees drop in traffic deaths
Manama, February 3, 2012
The Bahrain Interior Minister said the General Directorate of Traffic's efforts contributed to reducing fatal accidents in the Kingdom to 55 last year compared to 70 in 2010.
Fifty-eight people died in 2011 compared to 75 in 2010, a drop of 21.4 per cent in accidents and 22.7 per cent in deaths, he said as he chaired a Traffic Council meeting on Thursday.
Bahrain's population in 2011 reached 1,296,600 and the death ratio 45 per cent per 100,000. There were 1.2 accidents per 10,000 vehicles, he stated.
The number of vehicles increased to 478,184 in 2011, compared to 369,142 in 2007, he said, adding the ratios were positive according to international traffic safety standards.
A total of 660,221 driving licences were issued in 2011, compared to 509,333 in 2007, he said, adding the drop was due to awareness campaigns, implementation of latest technology to monitor roads and legal procedures against violators.
The council agreed on a proposal to extend the ban on trucks to ensure smooth traffic from 6.30am to 8am and from 1.30pm to 3pm.-TradeArabia News Service