Accident Deaths on Dubai Roads Decline: RTA

DUBAI - The number of road accidents during the first nine months of the current year has dropped by 15 per cent compared to the same period last year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a Press release on Sunday.

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Published: Tue 28 Oct 2008, 9:16 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:39 PM

Maitha bin Adai, the CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency at the RTA said, “Traffic fatalities during the first nine month of this year stood at 196.

Last year, the number stood at 231 during the same time. Also, the run-over incidents dropped by 27 per cent to 73 cases from 97 reported during the same period last year.”

However, the run-over injuries increased by 8 per cent to 580 cases compared to 540 during the first 9 months in 2007. The official added that 80 per cent of traffic accidents in Dubai were the result of over speeding.

The official said that the mortality rate per 100,000 people was also likely to drop to 17 cases during this year compared to 22 last year.

Pedestrian fatalities saw a fall to 73 cases compared to 97 in 2007.

“Safety measures taken by RTA made substantial contributions to the improvement,” Maitha said.

“The Strategic Plan of the RTA aims to increase roads network and reduce vehicular density on the key roads during the peak hours. It also calls for developing integrated solutions of road systems as well as land and marine networks such that they will be safe to use,” she added.

The official said the awareness programmes such as the Traffic Points campaign has also helped.

Eight pedestrian crossings and foot bridges have been constructed since the beginning of this year, raising the number of existing bridges to 36.

Pedestrian fences on the main roads have so far covered 50km, a matter which will also reduce the run-over accidents number.

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