Three people, two drivers and a passenger, died in traffic accidents between July and September, statistics show.

Statistically speaking, the least safe day for driving is Friday, with 577 cases recorded over three months, and the worst time to drive is between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with 1,444 cases being recorded.

Mondays and Thursdays have the highest casualty rates and if you were involved in a Sunday accident you were statistically more prone to be injured, with the highest casualty-to-accident ratio being recorded on the day.

The same statistics, compiled by the police, local wardens and the Malta Insurance Association indicate there were 3,167 traffic accidents in the three-month period, 252 fewer cases than in the same period last year.

There were fewer accidents in most districts, except the southeast and the western districts, while the northeast area, with 1,113 accidents, the largest number, also registered the biggest decrease, that of 11.5 per cent over the same period last year.

A total of 277 casualties were reported, including 168 drivers. There were 29 drivers, 14 passengers and eight pedestrians who were grievously injured.

Passenger cars were the cause of 75.5 per cent of traffic casualties, followed by motorcycles at 13.7 per cent and goods vehicles at nine per cent.

Birkirkara had the highest number of traffic accidents with 188 cases, closely followed by St Paul’s Bay at 178 and Marsa at 172 cases.

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