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12.5% of deaths in Qatar due to car crashes

Every year, more than 4000 vehicle crashes occur in Qatar. These cause over 600 major injuries resulting in around 200 deaths.

Trauma, Vascular and General Surgery head and senior consultant at HMC Dr. Hassan Al Thani told Gulf Times that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in the country. One out of eight deaths (12.5%) are caused due to road accidents. The most recent example of this is when a speeding vehicle on the Airport road lost control consequently jumped curbs and landed on top of an SUV. It killed one person instantly.

However, the foremost step in preventing or reducing injuries is for all passengers to strap in their seat belts, regardless of whether they are seated in the passenger seats or in the rear seats. Studies by the World Health Organization show that this results in a 50% reduction in fatal injuries for passengers in the front seats and a 75% reduction in the same for those in the rear seats.

Feature photo: Hani Arif, on Flickr

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  1. Michel Gagner, M.D.

    The traffic department is NOT doing enough to prevent road accident. I travel and visit many countries, and the police in Qatar is not present enough doing radar checks, giving heavy fines for speeding. There is a lack of having a severe points system like it is in the Western World (12 points= losing your license for 1 year-3 years). There is also a pervasive lenient system, in which Qataris get away with those, and expatriates are paying the fines and the rule of the law. This should be corrected at once; the repeated offenders should lose their licenses, their cars, and in some cases get prison fines. Too many people do not wear their seatbelts, and drives while talking or texting with their cellphones, again constant heavy fines should be done. Perhaps, a curfew should be installed for young male drivers (<25 y.o.) until a reasonable rate of accidents is recorded. Finally, doing high speed and races/competitions in dunes should be illegal, with fines of losing their licenses and cars should be done, with police helicopters doing raids constantly on weekends (better than ambulance helicopters). I think Western foreigners (like German or British) law officers should take over until the situation is restored, and educate the local force about ways to enforce the law equally for all. Until then, all the moneys for trauma services and hospital care will not do anything to stop this epidemic, it is a public health /societal/behavioral problem that requires a strong honest response from the traffic department, supported by the Health ministry.

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