Muscat: Thirty-two people were killed and 239 injured in 167 traffic accidents across Oman last week (July 30 to August 5), according to statistics released by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) Saturday.
Twelve people were killed in Dhaklia region while 11 lost lives in Batinah region, which connects Oman with the UAE. Five deaths were reported due to accidents in Muscat while two people each died in south and eastern parts of the country.
According to the statistics, collision between vehicles were the most (80) causes of accidents.
The last weekend alone proved deadly when 11 people were killed in 73 accidents and 114 were injured.
A collision between a truck and a saloon car last Friday in Sumayil resulted in death of the drier of the car and two passengers in his vehicle. One passenger is fighting for his life in the hospital.
Two more deaths were reported from eastern region when two vehicles collided head-on, also injuring six others.
The ROP has urged all road users to abide by the rules and traffic laws to avoid accidents, which has become a major cause of deaths in the country.
Meanwhile, Hamoud Al Zaidi, spokesperson of ROP Public Relations Department urged all road users to take utmost care during Ramadan.
“Last year during Ramadan, 67 people were killed and 754 were injured in 612 accidents registered in police books.
“Most of these accidents were due to over speeding, fatigue and haste,” he pointed out in a statement released by the ROP.
He added that some of the drivers who met with accidents were returning home to join family and friends for Iftar.
“These victims of road accidents were working in remote areas and were driving long distances on a daily basis, which requires extra effort and high level of concentration by the driver,” he added.
According to him accidents during Iftar time were mostlt fatal and serious accidents.