UAE: Traffic violations up by 46 per cent

Abu Dhabi - 12 million offences over a period of eight years.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 9:09 AM

Last updated: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 2:25 PM

Traffic offences on UAE roads have increased by 46 per cent, with violations rising from 8.2 million to nearly 12 million over a period of eight years from 2012 to 2019, according to new figures.

The latest report, issued by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Center over the weekend and based on the statistics from the Ministry of Interior, showed that Abu Dhabi ranked first in the number of traffic violations till 2019 and recorded more than 50 per cent of all the registered violations in the UAE – 6 million out of all the registered violations in the country.

Dubai ranked second with 3.5 million violations – 29.3 per cent out of the total nationwide offences, and Sharjah ranked third with more than one million violations, at a rate of 10.9 per cent.

According to the report, Ajman with 573,557 violations– 4.8 per cent ranked fourth, Ras Al Khaimah was fifth with 270,173 violations, Fujairah sixth with 220,815 violations, followed by Umm Al Quwain with 155,837 violations.

The report also showed that road crashes in UAE dropped by 18 per cent during the period from 2012 to 2019.

According to the figures, the number of major accidents decreased from 5,121 in 2012, to 4,206 in 2019, including 1,798 in Abu Dhabi, 1,360 in Dubai, 521 in Sharjah, 186 in Ras Al Khaimah, 168 in Ajman, 136 in Fujairah, and 37 crashes in Umm Al Quwain during 2019.

The crashes involved 2,787 collisions, 999 run overs, 406 deteriorations and 14 other incidents.

Deaths on UAE roads decreased by 29 percent from 627 in 2012 to 448 in 2019. The 2019 deaths included 186 in Abu Dhabi, 132 in Dubai, 62 in Sharjah, 37 in Ras Al Khaimah, 15 in Ajman, 9 Umm Al Quwain and 7 Fujairah, according to the statistics.

The number of injuries also decreased during the same period by 23 percent, from 7,586 injuries in 2012, to 5,814 injuries in 2019. These included; 2,547 in Abu Dhabi, 1,894 in Dubai, 673 in Sharjah, 245 in Ras al-Khaimah, 237 in Ajman and 179 in Fujairah and 39 in Umm Al Quwain.

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