Roads in the Middle East are the second most dangerous in the world, with 18 of every 100,000 people losing their lives in crashes, a top official has said.
The region's roads ranked second globally behind Africa, according to Robert Marks, a senior official of International Safety Council, during a visit to Doha.
Marks said African roads were considered the most dangerous in the world with 24 people out of every 100,000 dying in road incidents every year.
He added that Qatar’s accident rate was not as significant as Saudi Arabia but still there was "a need to put more effort from governments and private sector to heighten awareness among motorists on defensive driving", The Peninsula reported on Tuesday.
“I take the view that one fatality is one fatality too many,” Marks told the paper.
Globally, Marks said that the majority of road accidents which should have been prevented involve young drivers licensed to drive with less than five years experience.