Drop in road accidents and fatalities last year

Azlan Othman

Brunei saw a 0.58 per cent drop in the number of road accidents in 2019, where 1,196 cases were recorded, compared to 1,203 in 2018 and 2,684 in 2017.

This was revealed during the recent ‘Tell Everyone’ Road Safety Outreach Programme of the Brunei National Road Safety Council (BNRSC).

Road fatalities also dropped to 13, compared to 17 in 2018 and 29 in 2017.

In the breakdown of road traffic accidents leading to injuries according to age category, a substantial number of injuries were sustained by drivers and passengers aged 18-28, followed by those aged 39-58 with 338 injuries, and by drivers and passengers aged 59-78.

Overall, 358 injuries from traffic accidents were recorded in 2019, compared to 433 in 2018 and 529 in 2017. There was also a drop in traffic accidents involving commercial vehicles, with 46 cases in 2019, compared to 51 in 2018 and 67 cases in 2017.

These figures were obtained from the Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that approximately 1.35 million people worldwide die every year from road traffic accidents, which is one death every 23 seconds, while tens of millions more are injured or disabled, suffering life-altering injuries with long-lasting effects.

Another worrying trend is that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of deaths globally, among those aged five to 29.

The ‘Tell Everyone’ Road Safety Outreach Programme was introduced to create a culture of road safety, and to help reduce road accidents and injuries by making this into a shared responsibility.