Birkirkara registered an increase in road traffic accidents between 2017 and 2018, new figures show.
According to the National Statistics Office, the locality recorded 1,261 accidents in the 12 months of 2018 compared to 1,250 in 2017. In the last quarter of 2018 alone (October to December), there was an increase of accidents from 329 in 2017, to 354 in 2018.
Birkirkara accounts for just over 24% (1,261) of total traffic accidents within the Northern Harbour locality (5,250).
The Northern Harbour locality itself continues to retain the highest number of road traffic accidents in 2018.
The total figure of 5,250, recorded in 2018, is almost 50% greater than the second biggest Southern Harbour (2,788) and the Northern localities (2,846), respectively.
Accidents and fatalities
NSO also reports that the highest number of road traffic accidents in 2017 were recorded around May – August with the highest number recorded in May at over 1,400.
In the following year, there were two peaks of accidents, the first in May with around 1,380 recorded and a further in July – August with around 1,350 accidents.
As for fatalities resulting from road traffic accidents, the peak in 2017 was recorded in August with almost 1,450 fatalities. In 2018, the highest number of fatalities occurred in April with over 1,300.