KSA’s traffic accident deaths, injuries decrease in 2018

Road accidents have been blamed largely on reckless driving and use of cellular phones while driving. (AN file photo)
Updated 12 March 2019

KSA’s traffic accident deaths, injuries decrease in 2018

  • Interior Ministry has set target to reduce road-related deaths to eight per 100,000
  • World Health Organization official says KSA still has one of the highest rates of road deaths

RIYADH: The number of deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia fell between 2017 and 2018, the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) said on Monday.

At a presentation to the 2019 Traffic Safety Conference in Riyadh, the MoI revealed the number of deaths in the Kingdom had dropped from over 7,000 in 2017 to 6,025 in 2018, with traffic-related injuries down almost 10 percent to around 30,000.

Traffic safety experts from all over the world are taking part in the three-day conference, including from the US, Europe, Japan and South Korea.

Dr. Nhan Tran, Unintentional Injury Prevention coordinator at the World Health Organization, told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia actually has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world, with 28 people dying for every 100,000,” he added, recommending stronger speeding restrictions and more public transport to solve the problem. 

Mike Dreznes, the executive vice president of the International Road Federation, told Arab News that the main cause of accidents in the Kingdom was reckless driving, and that education in this area was essential to avoid unnecessary tragedies.

He added that the country needed to emulate the safest nations in the world, like Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands, where greater driver scrutiny and awareness meant road deaths were only around three per 100,000 people.

The MoI has set a target to reduce road-related fatalities to eight per 100,000 as part of the government’s Vision 2030 program.

 


Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

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Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

  • The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony

LONDON: A virtual awards ceremony celebrating Saudi graduates from UK universities was held on Wednesday evening with the British and Saudi ambassadors in attendance. 

The Study UK Alumni Awards event was held to celebrate the success of Saudi students and their contribution to their professions and their community in the Kingdom.

The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony, which was streamed on the Facebook pages of the British Embassy in Riyadh and the British Council.

He was joined by Neil Crompton, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony’s awards were split into three categories — the Professional Achievement award won by Dr. Samar Khan of Nottingham Trent University, the Entrepreneurial award won by Abdulaziz Alsaeed of Newcastle University and the Social Impact award, which was given to Dr. Mawya Khafaji from the University of Exeter.