Abu Dhabi's crash deaths plunge 22% in 1st quarter

Abu Dhabi - The police also said they recorded 10,369 violations by jaywalkers in the same period

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Published: Sun 16 Apr 2017, 7:13 PM

Last updated: Mon 17 Apr 2017, 9:49 AM

Deaths on Abu Dhabi roads decreased by 22 per cent during the first three months of 2017, according to statistics released by the traffic police here. The number of road accidents also dropped by six per cent during the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year.
Authorities said accidents were caused mainly by speeding, negligence, sudden change of lanes, recklessness, poor overtaking and not leaving enough distance between vehicles.
The police also said they recorded 10,369 violations by jaywalkers in the same period.
Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, director-general of central operations, said the force was witnessing a steady decrease in the number of fatalities on Abu Dhabi roads despite an increase in the number of cars and new drivers on roads.
The officer attributed the decline in road fatalities to the measures taken by the traffic police, including increasing safety awareness among drivers and other road users and strict enforcement of laws.
Al Dhaheri noted that the integrated plan by traffic police, which focuses on traffic control, educational and awareness campaigns, road engineering development, rapid emergency response and healthcare, and continuous evaluation of outcomes and performance indicators have helped in improving traffic safety levels.

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