Traffic Accidents on the Rise
The Maltese islands are known for their short distances between localities, however when considering the density and volume of road users it may seem that getting around is getting harder. So, could these factors also affect the rate of accidents on the road?
In an attempt by the European Commission, a plan was proposed for member states to address the road-deaths quota, anticipating a decrease of 50% by 2030, with a goal of reaching 0% fatality rate by 2050. However, notably Malta and the Netherlands have been mentioned to be increasing in road related injuries in 2020 which does not fare well considering that Malta has been attempting to widen roads and eliminate drunk drivers by presenting Zero Tolerance regulations.
More recently, in the second quarter of 2021 an increase of 60% of traffic related incidents was published. This leaves us at 3,594 total during this quarter, comparing to 2020's 9,976 total during the entire year.
Unfortunately, road related fatalities is at 418, an 80% increase from 2020. Out of the 80%, 70% of those fatalities are categorized as vehicle collisions. Malta is remaining optimistic in light of this, by addressing areas where incidents are taking place, such as the latest addition of crash barriers separating the bike lane from the main road. There are also around 120 ongoing road construction projects, which may or may not be a reason we are faced with more confusion and rerouting midway, however many of these projects' are predicted to be completed in the final months of this year.
What do you think is causing all these accidents, and can Covid-19 be related to the increase in traffic and injuries? Let us know in the comments!