One killed every 12 hours on UAE roads!

Lana Mahdi
Filed on March 14, 2005

AL AIN — Road accidents in the UAE account for one injury nearly every two hours, and one fatality every 12 hours and the victims are not only drivers and passengers, but also pedestrians, bystanders and passers-by, revealed Dr Hadef bin Joan Al Dhahry, Vice-Chancellor of the UAE University (UAEU) at a three-day traffic forum that began here yesterday.

The forum, held under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education and Chancellor of the UAE University, was hosted by the university’s social club.

The forum coincides with the launching of the UAEU’s “Roadway, Transportation and Traffic Research Centre (RTTSR)", which was recently established in cooperation with the Accident Research Centre of Monash University in Australia.

"According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), accidents are very likely to jump from the ninth to the third place on the list of leading causes of death and disability in the world by the year 2020 unless radical changes occur in the concepts, techniques and practices related to traffic safety," said Dr Hadef.

The constantly rising rate of traffic accidents in the UAE has sounded the alarm and one of the tasks of scientific research is to explore the future, said Dr Hadef.

"A national strategic plan should be drawn up to consider the automotive industry, road construction techniques, methods and materials, individual psychology and conduct, and safety precautions in vehicles," he added.

Brian Fildes, Director of the Accident Research Centre at Monash University, said that the university aims at providing, or accessing, expertise across the range of research disciplines relevant to safety science, and injury and accident prevention, with particular depth in some key disciplines.

The RTTSRC, in collaboration with Monash University's Accident Research Centre, is devoted to conducting research on risk factors in roadway design, road user behaviour, motor vehicle safety and cultural environment responsible for injury and death in roadway crashes in the UAE, with the aim to control injury and to promote safety on UAE roads.

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