Crashes involving 4WDs, light vehicles cause 57% deaths

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Crashes involving 4WDs, light vehicles cause 57% deaths

Dubai - According to the report, drivers of these type of vehicles make up 33 per cent of all road fatalities in the UAE.

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Kelly Clarke

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Published: Wed 21 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 21 Oct 2015, 10:19 AM

Drivers and passengers of 4-wheel drives and light vehicles make up 57 per cent of all road fatalities on the UAE's roads, according to figures in the newly-released Global Status Report on Road Safety by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to the report, drivers of these type of vehicles make up 33 per cent of all road fatalities in the UAE.
Of the 651 traffic fatalities reported by the UAE's Ministry of Interior in 2013, passengers of the same vehicle type accounted for 24 per cent of fatalities.
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Typical trends suggest that rates relating to road traffic deaths in low- and middle-income countries are more than double those in high-income countries.
However, though road deaths in the UAE have seen a year-on-year decrease since 2004, the report highlighted the Eastern Mediterranean region, in which the UAE lies, is the only region in the world where high-income countries have a higher road traffic death rate than low- or middle-income countries.
According to the figures, there are 19.9 road deaths per every 100,000 population in the Eastern Mediterranean region, making it the second most deadly in the world behind Africa, which sits at 26.6 deaths per every 100,000.
In the UAE, WHO estimates a road fatality rate of 10.9 per every 100,000 population.
The WHO states countries need to introduce tougher laws to prevent drivers from speeding or driving recklessly to help reduce the toll of 1.25 million people killed each year in traffic accidents.
By implementing effective measures - such as improving road safety legislation, managing speeds around schools, harmonising data collection relating to road traffic deaths, and rolling out minimum standards on vehicle safety - death tolls will continue to decrease. - kelly@khaleejtimes.com



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