Morocco aims to reduce the number of road accident deaths to below 1,900 a year by 2026. The number currently stands at more than 3,000.
The number of road accident deaths dropped by 2.9% between 2018 and 2019, while the number of severe injuries decreased by 3.35%, revealed Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.
The majority of road accidents happen in urban areas and cause an annual economic loss of nearly 2.5% to Morocco’s GDP, he added.
He presented the statistics during a meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Road Safety last month, reported Morocco World News.
The improvement in road safety indicators in 2019 should encourage the continuation of the national road safety strategy, said Mr El Othmani.
The government is working with several institutions to provide basic infrastructure to promote road safety and to mobilise the financial resources necessary to maintain existing roads and build new ones, he said.
Over the last decade, around 3,500 people lost their lives in road accidents each year, while 12,000 sustained severe injuries annually.