Researchers representing King Saud University’s Prince Mohammed bin Naif Chair for Traffic Safety recently visited officials in Al-Majmaah, Saudi Arabia to explore the reasons for the area’s significant increase in traffic accidents over the last several years.
Dr. Hany Hassan and Dr. Lucas Dimitriu, assistant professors with the chair, observed the area’s road networks, particularly those where the highest incidence of traffic accidents have been reported. They visit also featured discussions with province and city officials including Mohamed Amer Al-Kharsan, the province’s vice governor; Captain Hassan bin Shougeir Al-Rasheedi, director of the Al-Majamaah Traffic Department; and Badr bin Nasser Al-Hamdan, the municipal supervisor.
Al-Majmaah, situated in east central of Saudi Arabia, has a population of approximately 45,000 residents.
Upon their return to Riyadh, the KSU researchers were scheduled to write a detailed report of their observations and provide suggestions of how to address the traffic problems.
The Prince Mohammed bin Naïf Chair for Traffic Safety was established by King Saud University in the spring of 2011. The chair’s objectives are to support scientific research in traffic safety, recommend technology to be used in the development of more effective traffic systems and to improve and expand the training program for prospective traffic workers.