(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat - The number of people who were killed on roads in Morocco decreased by 2.62 percent in 2017, State Secretary for Transport Mohammed Najib Boulif said on Monday in Rabat. During a Road Security Standing Committee meeting, appropriately marking National Road Safety Day, Boulif shared initial statistics, which reveal that 3,499 fatalities were recorded in 2017 against 3,593 in 2016. According to Boulif, the number of fatalities due to road accidents recorded in urban areas last year reached 943 accidents, representing a 4.17 percent year-on-year decrease. More than 2,550 other people were killed in rural areas, recording a 2.03 percent decrease. In 2017, 89,998 traffic accidents were reported, representing 9.99 percent rise compared to 2016. However, the number of fatal road accidents totaled 3,085 in 2017, representing 2.47 percent. Boulif added that 9,175 people were critically injured due to road accidents in 2017, representing a 1.51 percent year-on-year increase. The number of light injuries recorded during the same year reached 119,138. Despite great efforts and measures which have been taken to minimize road accidents, road mortality is still a huge problem in Morocco. Eighteen people were killed and 1,309 were injured in 1,309 road accidents in urban areas in May 2017 alone. These accidents were mainly ascribed to pedestrian and driver errors, driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speeding, and not respecting rules of right-of-way, according to the General Directorate for National Security (DGSN). A statement issued in February 2018 by DGSN says that 1,469 people have already been injured, including 83 seriously, in 1,108 traffic accidents that occurred in urban areas on January 29 to February 4,"