Drop in Fatalities 
on Dubai’s Roads

DUBAI — Installation of sophisticated radars, heavy fines and traffic safety campaigns might have made some difference, but Dubai’s roads still continue to be fraught with risks.

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Published: Sun 12 Jul 2009, 1:07 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:56 PM

Even though 1,914 accidents took place on the emirate’s roads during the first half of the current year, there was a drop of 18 per cent in the number of fatalities during the same period as compared to the first half of last year, a senior Dubai Police officer said.

According to Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, director of General Department of Traffic, Dubai Police, 146 lives were lost in road accidents during the first half of 2008, as against 120 deaths between January and June this year.

Talking of the causes of accidents this year, Al Zafin stated that not leaving enough space between vehicles resulted in 304 accidents, lack of consideration for road users accounted for 302 accidents and sudden and indisciplined lane-changing caused 207 accidents.

As many as 65 accidents took place as a result of speed violations, in which 13 people lost their lives, while 13 fatalities were caused by reckless and rash driving, eight people died when motorists jumped the red signal and eight others perished in accidents caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Emirates Road continues to be the most risky road where accidents were concerned, followed by the Dubai Ring Road, Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road and Al Ain-Dubai Road.

Al Zafin said that 105 pedestrians were arrested for crossing the emirate’s internal roads at undesignated areas, while 56 jaywalkers were nabbed for crossing the highways dangerously or attempting to jump over the road fences.

These arrests were made during a crackdown on jaywalkers last weekend, Al Zafin said.

Also, during the first half of this year nine deaths, including two drownings, occurred in 43 maritime accidents.

According to Major Juma Ahmed bin Darwish, director of Rescue Department, the maritime accidents included boat collision and boat capsizing.

The reason for drowning was that people who didn’t know swimming ventured into the sea during rough weather conditions.


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