Traffic jams cause Dh5b loss per year

ABU DHABI - The frequent traffic jams not only cause frustration to drivers but also have a cumulative impact on the national economy, as statistics indicate a loss of Dh5 billion per annum.

By Haseeb Haider (Our staff reporter)

Published: Sun 22 Jun 2008, 2:29 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:34 PM

According to Department of Economy, motorists spend an average of 45 minutes in Abu Dhabi to get to their work. In contrast, traffic flow is absolutely smooth on the country's highways, with high speeds being the main cause of human fatalities on the roads.

It is also estimated that 25 out of every 100 people die in road accidents. This figure is three times higher than that of some Western countries.

In a recent workshop, Abu Dhabi Police warned that road fatalities in the UAE were assuming alarming proportions. According to the police, road accidents increased from 830 cases in 2005 to 1,056 last year.

This means that one person dies on the road every eight hours, most of the victims being UAE nationals in the prime of their youth.

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