Two children and one adult were killed in three separate traffic accidents on Thursday and Friday of last week, according to residents and news media.
On Thursday, a 17-year-old Indonesian boy died in Al Khor after a tire on the bus he was riding in burst and caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. Several others inside the vehicle suffered injuries, the Peninsula reports.
Speaking to Doha News, a family acquaintance said the teen’s body was taken back to Indonesia for the funeral.
Also on Thursday, two expats traveling in a car in the Rawdat al Rashid area collided with another car. One Indian was killed, Al Raya reports.
In the same area, but on Friday, ninth-grader Adarsh Kalyanaraman was killed when the car his father was driving collided with another vehicle, according to an obituary released by Birla Public School. The Peninsula reports that the child’s parents both sustained injuries and the mother remains in the hospital for treatment.
Dangerous driving is far too common in Qatar, which saw the number of traffic accidents resulting in injury increase 12 percent last year. The country has taken steps to reduce accidents by increasing fines and installing more radars across Qatar.
But according to some 4,300 residents polled in a Ministry of Interior survey, the best way to tackle bad driving is to increase police presence and enforcement on the roads and teach people the basics of traffic awareness and driving culture.
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Note: This article was corrected to reflect that despite media reports, the Indonesian boy died in a bus accident, not while riding a taxi.