Authorities warned increase in accidents by 15% during Holiday season

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Authorities warned increase in accidents by 15% during Holiday season. During holidays in Saudi Arabia, the risk of traffic accidents spikes by approximately 15%, a cautionary note sounded by authorities as the kingdom observes a nine-day school break. The General Authority for Roads has rolled out a safety advisory, emphasizing crucial measures for motorists such as seat belt usage, adherence to speed limits, and refraining from mobile phone use while driving.

Authorities warned increase in accidents by 15% during Holiday season

Ensuring vehicle safety, including tire and part checks, is highlighted as imperative. Drivers are urged to get adequate sleep before embarking on journeys and cautioned against driving in rainy conditions. The proper placement of children in designated seats is underscored as a vital safety measure.

Last August, the Saudi Cabinet greenlit the establishment of the General Authority for Roads, tasked with regulating the road sector and implementing safety regulations. The overarching strategy aims to curtail traffic fatalities to less than five per 100,000 people by 2030, leading to intensified penalties for traffic offenses.

In the past five years, traffic deaths in the kingdom have witnessed a notable 35% decrease, attributable to stringent measures against road violations. Despite this progress, recent months have seen a surge in fatal accidents reported by Saudi media, ranging from collisions to bus overturns. These incidents underscore the ongoing need for vigilance on the roads and the importance of adhering to safety guidelines to preserve lives and prevent tragedies.

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