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Dubai road mishap deaths decline
BY NADIA SULTAN January 19, 2013
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DUBAI: The rate of mortalities from road accidents in Dubai decreased by 9 per cent with 122 deaths in 2012 as compared to 134 in 2011, according to major general Mohamed Saif Al Zafeen, director of Dubai Traffic.

He attributed the decline in deaths caused by road accidents to the application of the new traffic strategy, which aims to bring down the rate of deaths to zero per 100,000 of the population in the next 7 years.

The department of traffic in Dubai is focusing on finding radical solutions for the causes which lead to lethal road accidents, he added.

For example, the drivers should adhere to the speed limits and slow down when approaching light signals, so as to avoid breaking the red signals that certainly lead to violent collisions, Al Zafeen pointed out.

He explained that the Emirate witnessed an increase in the number of accidents in 2012 compared to 2011 by 7 per cent. The total number of accidents recorded were 2,818, including 1,485 that caused deaths and injuries.

Male drivers were responsible for 1,330 accidents, leading to 116 deaths and 2,161 injuries, including 164 serious, 596 moderate and 285 minor injuries. Meanwhile, female drivers caused 138 accidents leading to 5 deaths and 220 injuries, including 5 serious, 47 medium and 163 minor injuries.

“Fugitive and unknown accidents accounted for 17 accidents leading to one death, 2 serious injuries, 9 medium and 10 simple,” Al Zafeen said.

The traffic statistics of the previous year showed that the Indian drivers topped motorists who caused accidents that led to deaths. They caused 31 deaths in 340 accidents with 566 injuries.

Indians were followed by Emiratis who caused 292 accidents leading to 29 death in the same period. The Pakistanis ranked third by causing 340 accidents leading to 26 deaths, the Bangladeshis stood next by 6 deaths and the Egyptians by 4 deaths.   
 

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