The highest road traﬃc casualty and road traffic accident rates occurred on Mondays between July and September 2019, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO) in a press release issued on Wednesday morning.
There were 83 traffic casualties, that is persons sustaining injury as a result of a traffic accident, on Mondays in the period under review, as well as 713 accidents.
For the third quarter of 2019, the time bracket in which most road traﬃc accidents occurred was between 12:00 and 14:59 with 942 cases or 22.5 per cent of the total, followed closely by the 09:00-11:59 time bracket with 935 cases. The time bracket during which the least number of accidents were recorded was between 03:00 and 05:59 with 87 cases.
The number of reported traﬃc accidents during the third quarter of 2019 amounted to 4,187, an increase of 14.5 per cent over the corresponding period in 2018.
The Northern Harbour district registered the largest share of all road traﬃc accidents with 1,510 cases or 36.1 per cent of all accidents.
Road traﬃc casualties declined by 3.0 per cent to 449 over the same period in 2018. Grievously injured persons consisted of 39 drivers, 18 passengers and 32 pedestrians/cyclists/other persons. The injuries suﬀered by one driver, one passenger and a pedestrian tragically proved fatal. Two of these fatalities took place in Gozo while the third occurred in the Southern Harbour district of Malta.
The total number of road traﬃc fatalities during the ﬁrst nine months this year amounted to 10.
When classiﬁed by gender, the majority of the 89 grievously injured persons were males (66.3 per cent). The fatalities consisted of two males and a female. Moreover, most of the recorded traﬃc casualties fell in the 26 to 40 age-bracket.
The largest number of road traﬃc casualties (63.9 per cent) involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (28.3 per cent) and goods-carrying vehicles (4.0 per cent).
The three fatalities comprised of a motorcyclist, a passenger onboard a passenger car and a pedestrian hit by a goods-carrying vehicle. Three cyclists were injured in road traﬃc accidents, two of whom suﬀered grievous injuries.
Road traﬃc casualties caused by collisions between vehicles topped the entire list with 72.2 per cent of the total.
The highest number of road traﬃc accidents took place in Birkirkara with 346 cases. Ħal Qormi and St. Paul’s Bay were next with 216 and 203 reported accidents respectively.