Qatar among world’s leading countries in road safety: Kharji Nov 18, 2019 0 1433 12345 Meriam JellitiDohaQatar has become one of the leading countries in the world in providing road safety after taking a series of measures. The measures include setting up National Traffic Safety Committee, having worked on the National Traffic Safety Strategy, opening the National Traffic Safety Office and creating assessment and follow-up systems, Director General of Traffic, Major General Mohamed Saad al Kharji has said.As a result, Qatar has reduced mortality rates from traffic accidents to record 4.9 deaths per 100,000 people.Kharji said, “We aim to move the General Directorate of Traffic (GDT) to the ranks of internationally developed departments through developing laws, standardisation of accident data, improving information system, building a national workforce and enhancing traffic awareness.” Kharji is also Second Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) marked the Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims on Sunday.This year’s celebration comes under the slogan “Your life is not part of your car”, to express the dangers on the road to human life, solidarity with victims of traffic accidents, and to pay tribute to the efforts of police and ambulances and their role in saving the injured and alleviating the pain of victims.Kharji said 67 plans have been assigned to the General Directorate of Traffic as a part of the National Traffic Safety Strategy.For his part, Director of Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Thani pointed out that marking the Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims every year is an occasion to remember millions of dead and injured victims on the road all over the world and the tragedies caused to their families and friends.He pointed out that the traffic situation in the country is a challenge for all sectors, which needs to be addressed in an orderly and thoughtful manner. He said Qatar has moved ahead of time to adopt a comprehensive framework to ensure a safe transport system for all road users.“Concerted efforts by partners through the National Committee for Traffic Safety to ensure road safety resulted in reducing number of traffic accident victims and the development of services provided to those injured in accidents and ensuring the best treatment for them,” he said.The rate of road traffic deaths in 2018 has become less than a quarter of what it was in 2006 per 100,000 inhabitants.He said the Ministry of Public Health, as a key partner, has fulfilled all its commitments under the National Traffic Safety Strategy.He pointed out that the ambulance service, transporting the injured, emergency services and rapid response to accidents have all witnessed remarkable development.He said the average response time for emergency calls has been reduced to five seconds, and the arrival of the ambulance service to the scene inside Doha for seven minutes and outside for eight minutes in 91.2 percent of cases.Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah al Maliki, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said Qatar has paid great attention to traffic safety, sensing the importance of preserving the manpower and economic resources of the country.“Thanks to the traffic policies adopted by Qatar and the cooperation of all concerned parties, significant progress has been made in reducing the mortality and injuries resulting from road accidents in the country,” he added. 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