One person dies every 50 hours on Dubai roads

One person dies every 50 hours on Dubai roads

Forty-five people lost their lives in 560 accidents caused by making sudden turns, while 26 people died in 588 accidents caused by not leaving enough space between vehicles.



By Amira Agarib/principal Correspondent

Published: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:45 PM

Dubai — As many as 177 people died in 189,950 traffic accidents in Dubai last year, which represent one death nearly every 50 hours, according to the statistics released by the General Department of Traffic of the Dubai Police.

According to Jamal Al Banai, Acting Director of the department, this is alarming and it shows the dangerous impact of traffic accidents.

“This is a challenge the Dubai traffic police work to overcome for the sake of residents and visitors, keeping in mind that people are the most precious resource.”

Forty-five people lost their lives in 560 accidents caused by making sudden turns, while 26 people died in 588 accidents caused by not leaving enough space between vehicles.

Consumption of alcohol caused 460 accidents resulting in 11 deaths, while not paying attention to the road caused the death of 28 people in 208 accidents. Entering roads from prohibited places caused 230 traffic accidents resulting in eight deaths; jumping the red signal led to 132 accidents and loss of seven lives; and reckless driving caused 142 traffic accidents resulting in two deaths.

Al Banai said that reversing vehicles in a risky manner caused 118 accidents and resulted in three deaths, while sleepiness and exhaustion caused four accidents and two deaths; speeding caused 63 traffic accidents and nine deaths; not abiding by lane discipline caused 191 accidents and nine deaths; rainy and wet conditions  caused four accidents and one death; and fog caused two accidents resulting in one death.

The statistics showed that 48 people were caught driving under the influence of drugs which resulted in one death.

Parking vehicles in the middle of roads obstructed traffic and caused eight accidents resulting in nine deaths, he added.

The remaining deaths were caused by other types of violations.

amira@khaleejtimes.com


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