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The largest number of road traffic casualties (54.9 per cent) involved passenger cars, followed by motorcycles (32.0 per cent) and goods-carrying vehicles (7.3 per cent). The seven fatalities included two drivers colliding vehicle with vehicle, a vehicle crashing into a property killing the driver and four pedestrians being hit by a vehicle. Cyclists involved in traffic accidents amounted to 11, where two suffered insignificant injuries, five suffered slight injuries and four suffered grievous injuries (Tables 6-7). Road traffic casualties resulting from accidents between vehicles topped the list with 67.5 per cent of all road traffic casualties (Table 7).
The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Wednesdays with 72 casualties, and the highest number of road traffic accidents also occurred on Wednesdays with 614 cases or 16.1 per cent of the total (Table 8). The time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred was 09:00 – 11:59 with 853 cases or 22.4 per cent of the total, followed by the 12:00 – 14:59 time bracket with 850 cases. The least number of accidents occurring daily took place between 03:00 – 05:59 with 62 cases (Table 9).
The highest incidence of road traffic accidents was registered in Birkirkara with 246 cases, followed by Ħal Qormi and Il-Mosta, with 201 and 193 cases respectively (Table 10, Map 1 and Chart 5).
L-Imtarfa, Il-Munxar, Ta’ Kerċem, San Lawrenz and L-Għasri registered less than five road traffic accidents while Il-Fontana did not register any road traffic accidents (Map 1 and Table 10).
Map 1. Road traffic accidents by locality: October-December 2022
The Northern Harbour and Northern districts recorded a decrease in road traffic accidents, while the other districts recorded increases in road traffic accidents, when compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year. The Southern Harbour district registered the highest percentage increase in road traffic accidents at 16.9 per cent, followed by the South Eastern district at 11.7 per cent (Table 1 and Map 2).
Map 2. Percentage change in road traffic accidents by district: October-December 2022/2021
Note: In the Northern district, percentage decrease in road traffic accidents was negligible.
The number of fatalities during 2022 reached 28, up by 19 when compared to the previous year. In 2022, 1,341 injury accidents were reported, a 5.2 per cent increase (66 accidents) when compared to 2021. Moreover, 14,372 non-injury accidents were reported, an 11.8 per cent increase (1,512 accidents) when compared to the previous year (Tables 2-3). The second quarter of 2022 recorded the highest number of accidents (4,240) while the first quarter of 2022 recorded the highest number of fatalities (9) (Chart 1).
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1. Road traffic accidents data is compiled from administrative information provided by the Police Department and the Malta Insurance Association (Guard and Warden Service House Limited).
a. Total road traffic accidents consist of the road traffic accidents involving casualties (Police reports) and the minor road traffic accidents without casualties (Police and Warden reports).
b. Non-injury (minor) road traffic accidents refer to accidents assessed by Wardens and/or the Police involving at least one vehicle and in which no persons are injured. Non-injury road traffic accidents which are either not reported or directly reported to Insurance Agencies by means of the Traffic Accident Form (i.e. where no Police or Wardens are called on the accident scene and are settled by the completion of the relevant form) are not accounted for.
c. Insignificant injury is determined by the Police as the sustaining of a very minimal injury (e.g. bruise, scratch, etc.) or shock due to accident which, in most cases, requires very basic treatment or no treatment at all.
d. The definition of slight injury is as listed in Art. 221 et sequitur of the Criminal Code, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Malta.
e. The definition of grievous injury is as listed in Art. 216 et sequitur of the Criminal Code, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Malta.
f. UNECE defines road fatal injury as: “Any person who was killed outright or who died within 30 days as a result of the accident”.
3. The casualty-to-accident ratio indicates the risk level of suffering an injury in an accident. Therefore, a higher percentage rate means that the corresponding accidents were more serious (i.e. more persons were injured).
4. Data is subject to revision.
5. More information relating to this news release may be accessed at:
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6. References to this news release are to be cited appropriately.
7. Statistics in this News Release should be interpreted in the context of the COVID-19 situation.
8. A detailed news release calendar is available online.
Bormla; Il-Fgura; Il-Furjana; Ħal Luqa; Ħaż-Żabbar; Il-Kalkara; Il-Marsa; Raħal Ġdid; Santa Luċija; L-Isla; Ħal Tarxien; Valletta; Il-Birgu; Ix-Xgħajra.
Northern Harbour Birkirkara; Il-Gżira; Ħal Qormi; Il-Ħamrun; L-Imsida; Pembroke; San Ġwann; Santa Venera; San Ġiljan; Is-Swieqi; Ta’ Xbiex; Tal-Pietà; Tas-Sliema.
Birżebbuġa; Il-Gudja; Ħal Għaxaq; Ħal Kirkop; Ħal Safi; Marsaskala; Marsaxlokk; L-Imqabba; Il-Qrendi; Iz-Żejtun; iz-Żurrieq.
Ħad-Dingli; Ħal Balzan; Ħal Lija; Ħ’Attard; Ħaż-Żebbuġ; L-Iklin; L-Imdina; L-Imtarfa; Ir-Rabat; Is-Siġġiewi.
Ħal Għargħur; Il-Mellieħa; L-Imġarr; Il-Mosta; In-Naxxar; San Pawl Il-Baħar.
Gozo and Comino
Il-Fontana; Għajnsielem and Comino; L-Għarb; L-Għasri; Il-Munxar; In-Nadur; Il-Qala; San Lawrenz; Ta’ Kerċem; Ta’ Sannat; Ir-Rabat; Ix-Xagħra; Ix-Xewkija; Iż-Żebbuġ.
|4||L-Isla||21||Il-Gżira||38||L-Imġarr||55||San Pawl Il-Baħar|
|5||Bormla||22||Għajnsielem and Comino||39||Il-Mosta||56||Ta' Sannat|
|6||Ħal Qormi||23||L-Għarb||40||L-Imqabba||57||Santa Luċija|
|7||Ħaż-Żebbuġ||24||Ħal Għargħur||41||L-Imsida||58||Santa Venera|
|11||Ir-Rabat, Għawdex||28||L-Iklin||45||Raħal Ġdid||62||Ħal Tarxien|
|13||Ħal Balzan||30||Ta' Kerċem||47||Tal-Pieta'||64||Ix-Xewkija|
|15||Birżebbuġa||32||Ħal Lija||49||Il-Qrendi||66||Iż-Żebbuġ, Għawdex|
|16||Ħad-Dingli||33||Ħal Luqa||50||Ir-Rabat, Malta||67||Iż-Żurrieq|