Traffic accidents dip by 13 per cent

Lana Mahdi
Filed on March 3, 2007

AL AIN — Traffic mishaps have decreased by 13 per cent in 2006 due to high standards of awareness among public while casualties resulted from accidents have decreased by 17.5 per cent last year, revealed Major Khalifa Mubarak Al Khaily, Head of the Al Ain Traffic Department, at the symposium of the Roadway Traffic Safety Awareness in the UAE held here on Wednesday by the Roadway, Transportation and Traffic Safety Research Centre (RTTSRC).

“Injuries have decreased by 12 per cent the past year; we are looking forward to a decrease in casualties and injuries by 5 per cent this year, in cooperation with the UAE University, Al Ain Municipality, Roads and Under Constructor Department, Al Ain Educational Zone and Al Ain Medical District,” added Major Al Khaily.

He assured that only two casualties were reported in January and February this year.

Major Hamad Nasir Al Bloshy, Director of the Traffic Institution in Al Ain, said that 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.

The symposium, under the umbrella of the National Campaign for Traffic Safety Awareness that will run in several emirates until March 3, is being held under the patronage of Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the Women’s Union, and being organised by the Ministry of Interior and Emirates Traffic Safety Society.

Major Al Bloshy said that international statistics have revealed that 21 million persons die every year in different places all over the world.

“In 2004, 824 road casualties were recorded in the UAE, among them there were 247 UAE nationals,” he added.

Major Al Bloshy highlighted that the majority of casualties were youth between 18 and 30 years.

He added that the human element is the main reason behind the majority of traffic accidents.

On behalf of Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Assistant Provost for Research at the UAE University, Dr Yasser Hawas, Director of the RTTSRC, said the symposium is one of the UAEU efforts in community service.

She added that the symposium was organised to help participants improve their capability to protect themselves, their families and their community from traffic accidents.

The main objectives of the seminar included disseminating information about scientific bases for personal and community safety along with knowledge about the main types of traffic accidents, he added.

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