Fall in accidents caused by women drivers

A Sharjah Police official said traffic accidents caused by women reduced by 40 per cent in the emirate.

By Afkar Abdullah - Principal Correspondent

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Published: Fri 30 Jan 2015, 12:23 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:32 PM

Sharjah: Traffic accidents caused by women across the country reduced by six per cent in 2014 compared to 2013, official statistics have revealed.

According to the report issued by the Department of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior, in 2014, women caused 352 traffic accidents, which caused 28 deaths and left 579 people injured. In 2013, 375 accidents were caused by women, which caused 36 deaths and left 662 people injured. A Sharjah Police official said traffic accidents caused by women reduced by 40 per cent in the emirate.

Most of the accidents involving women are new drivers, he said, “as they are scared while driving on highways and crowded areas”. “Some women cause accidents when they are not cautious while driving. Some talk on phone, some send messages and others fix makeup while driving, which lead to accidents,” the official said.

Some women let their children sit in the front seat, which allows them to touch the gear, he said. “When the women drivers try to stop their children from touching the gear, they get distracted and traffic accidents follow.”

The official said most of the women drivers abide by the speed limit. “Generally, women are very safe drivers.”

The number of accidents involving women have reduced due to the awareness spread by the police, as part of the strategies of the Ministry of Interior aimed at ensuring safety and security in all parts of the country.

The official urged all drivers to drive cautiously and to secure children in their seats with seat belts and child car seats.In 2015, the police aim to launch many traffic awareness campaigns to educate motorists about the need to abide by traffic safety rules.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com



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