Saudi's Ministry of Transport organises workshop on road safety
The workshop focused on reducing mortality rates, and enhancing traffic awareness and emergency response speed
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Transport, under the patronage of HRH Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the governor of the Tabuk region, and in cooperation with the kingdom’s National Road Safety Centre, has organised a workshop on road safety.
The workshop was held in Tabuk in the presence of the assistant undersecretary of the Emirate of Tabuk for Development Affairs, Nasser bin Ahmed Al Khuraisi, as well as the directors of civil and military government departments in the region.
The director of Saudi’s Ministry of Transport branch in Tabuk, Eng Sulaiman Al-Hwaiti, said that the implementation safety projects and initiatives have led to road mortality rates reducing to 1 death per 100,000 people, down by more than 23 cases, in 2018, compared to the previous year.
The kingdom is also ranked first across the globe on the road link index according to the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR), due to the support that the transport sector receives from the Saudi Arabia government led by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and the Crown Prince HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.
The workshop aimed to enhance traffic awareness among road users, and enhance the level of coordination between the concerned authorities on road safety. The workshop also reviewed safety courses in the area, and the role of smart technologies in improving safety, according to an Arabic statement released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
The National Road Safety Centre’s spokesperson Eng Youssef Al-Ammar also reviewed the centre’s aim to bring the nation among the 20 countries with the lowest percentage of deaths due to road accidents.
Al-Ammar spoke about the need to raise the level of road infrastructure projects, pointing to recent initiatives and programs taken up by the centre, including a data observatory project, a safety laboratory, training programs, workshops, technical support, and awareness campaigns.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport in Tabuk’s representative Eng Sami Al-Juhani shed light on ongoing projects that are raising safety levels on the roads in the Tabuk region.
Al-Juhani highlighted that the number of deaths have decreased 37.4% year-on-year in 2018, while injuries resulting from accidents also decreased to 470, compared to the 760 cases reported the previous year.
The workshop also focused on enhancing traffic awareness for road users; safety audits; and the speed of response to emergencies.