10 killed, 54 injured in UAE road accidents during Eid holiday

Filed on September 5, 2017
In Dubai, 728 road accidents were reported over the four-day Eid holiday.
In Dubai, 728 road accidents were reported over the four-day Eid holiday.

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One tragic accident in RAK on the first day of Eid took the life of a Pakistani mother and child

Ten people were killed and 54 others injured in road accidents across the UAE during the Eid Al Adha holiday, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Traffic authorities said the accidents were caused by drivers flouting rules including sudden swerving, speeding, motorists entering roads without ensuring the way was clear and general inattention.

Among the tragic accidents included the Ras Al Khaimah mishap on the first day of Eid, where a Pakistani mother and child died of injuries they sustained in a crash on the Jebel Jais road.

The woman had been put on ventilator at Saqr hospital and was declared dead on Monday afternoon. Her two-year-old daughter, who also sustained serious injuries, died just a few hours after the crash. Police blamed the crash on another driver who suddenly overtook the victim's car, leading to a head-on collision.

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, director-general of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior, said: "Drivers should strictly adhere to traffic rules to avoid accidents that claim the lives of innocent people."

He also noted that measures to reduce accidents and deaths, and intensifying traffic awareness programmes across the country, needed to be stepped up.

In Dubai, 728 road accidents were reported over the four-day Eid holiday.

Colonel Turki bin Faris, director of the command and control department at the Dubai Police, said: "Some 728 traffic accidents occurred across Dubai during the Eid holiday. We also handled 125,867 emergency calls.

"Speeding, failing to maintain a safe distance, tailgating, carelessness and distraction are the main causes of crashes."

He urged motorists to stick to their lanes, drive safely and take extra care at interchanges.

Motorists were urged to plan their routes in advance and watch out for pedestrians while approaching intersections and residential neighbourhoods.

Authorities also reminded the public to dial 999 only for emergencies and to call 901 for general queries and non-emergencies.

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