The number of people killed as a result of road traffic crashes is unacceptably high in Saudi Arabia, with up to 27.4* deaths per 100,000 population estimated by the World Health Organization. In fact, road traffic deaths have more than doubled in the past 10 years and incidence is predicted to continue increasing.
The country has adopted a range of road safety strategies to address key risk factors, which include implementing a penalty / demerit point system, ensuring motorcycle helmet laws apply to all riders (drivers and passengers), and that seat-belt laws extend to rear seat occupants. However, enforcement of these practices is moderate to poor. Drink-driving laws are also in effect, despite drinking being prohibited in Saudi Arabia.
Supporting the planning and implementation of road safety programmes in Jeddah.
As part of the overall EuroMed regional project on Road, Rail, and Urban Transport programme, the 2011-2014 EU funded project aimed to contribute to the reduction of road crash death and injury in targeted countries and pilot communities.
Road user groups
Novice drivers are at high risk levels of participating in a road traffic crash due to lack of experience and common behavioral traits. The risk can be reduced through educational programmes and effective road policing, thus saving many lives on the road.
With around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, it is unacceptable that some countries still do not have legislation regarding obligatory usage and set safety standards for child restraints.
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Lead agency: Traffic Department, Ministry of Interior
Speed limit law
Motorcycle helmet law
Child restraint law
Mobile phones while driving law
Annual road fatalities
Fatalities per 100K pop. per year
Estimated GDP loss
Source: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015
Saudi Arabia news
19 November 2015