Muscat: There has been a sharp decline in both road accidents and casualties in Oman during the first half of 2014, compared to the same period last year.
Road accidents fell 32.8 per cent to 2,909 in the first half, ending in June 2014, from 4,332 during the same period last year. Similarly, casualties fell by 10.2 per cent to 404, from 450 during the period, according to the monthly statistical bulletin of National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
The total number of injuries caused by accidents also showed 49.5 per cent decline to 2,832 cases, from 5,610 cases reported in the first half of 2013.
Among the 404 people who died in road accidents, 236 were Omani nationals, while 168 were expatriates. Also, among those injured, 2,131 were Omani nationals and 701 were expatriates.
In June 2014 there were 413 road accidents, resulting in the death of 64 people, which included 46 Omanis and 18 expatriates.