One death every 8 hours in UAE road accidents

ABU DHABI - For the first time in 10 years in the country, deaths in road accidents reached a record high of 1,056 last year, which means that there is one death every eight hours on UAE roads. Two years ago, there was one death every 12 hours.

By Adel Arafah (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Tue 8 Jul 2008, 1:33 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:06 PM

The increasing number of deaths and injuries in accidents forced the authorities to amend the traffic law and introduce the black points system, which aims to enhance safety and security on roads across the country. Director of the Traffic and Patrols Department of Abu Dhabi Police, Colonel Hamad Adeel Al Shamsi, said the amendments were brought in after a comprehensive study of the data gathered from 8,872 traffic accidents that took place last year.

Deaths in traffic accidents increased to 1,056 in 2007 from 878 in 2006. The findings point to a great loss of human resources as well as financial resources.

Colonel Al Shamsi said making penalties and punishments more stringent for violators of the traffic law and doubling the value of fines are not the purpose. The main objective is to take the necessary measures to put an end to the ‘bloodshed’ on the road and provide a safe and secure environment for road users by controlling errant behaviour that might lead to accidents.

He added all indicators so far show that the black points system could effectively contribute to reducing the number of traffic accidents in the country which, in turn, would reduce the number of casualties.

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