MaltaToday | 13 August 2008

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Slight increase in traffic accidents

Reported traffic accidents reached 4,073 between March and May of 2008, an increase of 37 over the same quarter last year.
During this period, 313 traffic casualties were reported - 156 suffered slight injuries, 35 suffered grievous ones, while three proved fatal. 32 other persons (14 passengers and 18 pedestrians) suffered grievous injuries, while 87 (60 passengers and 27 pedestrians) suffered slight ones.
The largest number of casualties was in the 25-39 age group.
76% of casualties were caused by passenger cars while 14.4% were caused by motorcycles. The highest rate of traffic casualties was recorded on Thursdays, with 17.9% of the total. But nearly 40% occurred during weekends, between Friday and Sunday.
Qormi was the locality with the highest rate of traffic accidents, with 235 cases. Birkirkara and Marsa came close, with 233 and 213 reported accidents respectively.

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