Jordan loses 3,511 lives in road accidents over six-year period

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AMMAN — Alarming statistics from recent annual reports by the Public Security Directorate (PSD) reveal that road accidents in Jordan have claimed the lives of 3,511 individuals over a six-year period, transforming vehicles into unintentional killing tools and leaving families in grief and individuals permanently disabled, according to a report by Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The reports released by the PSD shed light on the scenarios surrounding these accidents, indicating that driver errors and law violations were the main factors contributing to over 90 percent of the approximately one million traffic accidents that occurred between 2017 and 2022.

Stricter penalties and traffic law amendments needed
The absence of adequate deterrent punishments has prompted urgent calls for stricter penalties and amendments to traffic laws in Jordan.

The aim is to reduce these tragic accidents and safeguard human life.

Despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of accidents remained relatively consistent each year. From 2017 to 2021, there were approximately 10,000 to 160,000 accidents annually, with a slight increase in 2018.

Surprisingly, 2022 witnessed the highest number of accidents over the six-year period, reaching 169,409.

Ineffectiveness of current traffic laws highlighted
The staggering figures from the PSD reports spanning the last six years emphasize the ineffectiveness of the current traffic laws' penalties in reducing the number of accidents.

With a total of 915,114 traffic accidents, 5,408 severe injuries, and nearly JD2 billion in financial losses for Jordan, the consistent yearly rates impose significant burdens on the state, society, and affected families, necessitating immediate action.

Analyzing data from the first five months of the current year, the PSD's findings indicate that the youth demographic, specifically individuals aged 18 to 35 years, is most susceptible to road accidents.

Within this age group, 46 percent of both deceased and injured individuals were accounted for, underscoring the urgent need for targeted measures to address this concerning trend.

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