The 76 fatal accidents on Bahrain’s roads are estimated to have cost the economy around BD500,000 ($1m) in 2009, according to the country’s latest Traffic Directorate statistics.

An accident occurred every 6.7 minutes in Bahrain in 2009.

Bahrain Health Minister Dr Faisal Al Hamer said a total of 377,432 traffic violations were recorded last year, of which 8.4% were due to speeding and 4.5% from jumping red lights.

The country has also registered 149 motorbike accidents, according to

The officials have predicted 73,000 road traffic fatalities this year and the figure is expected to touch 94,000 by 2020.