The number of reported traffic accidents in the third quarter this year reached 3,167, down by 24.4% over the same period in 2019, according to statistics published by NSO, the National Statistics Office.
The Northern Harbour district registered the most accidents with 1,105 cases or 34.9% of all accidents.
Road traffic casualties decreased by 31.0% to 310 over the same period in 2019.
Grievously injured persons amounted to 66, and consisted of 35 drivers, 7 passengers and 24 pedestrians, cyclists and other.
The injuries suffered by four drivers proved fatal. During this quarter, one more fatality occurred when compared to the same period in 2019.
The majority of those grievously injured were males, 65.2%, accompanied with four male fatalities. The majority of casualties involved persons in the 26 to 40 age-bracket.
Data shows that the largest number of road traffic casualties, 54.8%, involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles, 35.2% and goods-carrying vehicles, 6.1%. The four fatalities comprised of four motorcycle drivers. Cyclists hit in traffic accidents amounted to 11, of which two suffered grievous injuries.
Road traffic casualties caused by accidents between vehicles topped the list with 63.2% of all road traffic casualties.
The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Wednesday and Friday with 55 and 52 casualties respectively, while the highest number of road traffic accidents occurred on Fridays with 513 cases or 16.2% of the total.
According tot the data, the time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred was between 09:00 and 11:59 with 718 cases or 22.7% of the total, followed by the 12:00-14:59 time bracket with 697 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 and 05:59 with 44 cases.
Highest incidence of road traffic accidents was registered in Birkirkara with 286 cases, followed by San Pawl Il-Baħar and Ħal Qormi, with 160 and 159 cases, respectively. Six out of ten localities that registered the lowest number of road traffic accidents are located in the Gozo and Comino district.
The localities of L-Imdina and San Lawrenz had one road traffic accident each, while L-Ghasri was the only locality with no cases.