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Emirates Road, Bypass Road deadliest this year

Emirates Road and Dubai Bypass road emerge as the deadliest claiming 18 lives between them until November 2012

  • By Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:21 December 26, 2012
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: Supplied photo
  • Death crash: Road accidents claimed 108 lives in Dubai in the first 11 months of 2012

Dubai The city might be statistically somewhat safer for motorists and pedestrians in 2012 compared to 2011, but its main highways remain as deadly as ever.

Like last year, Emirates Road and Dubai Bypass Road were the deadliest in 2012, claiming nine lives each until November.

In 2011 they were responsible for 22 deaths. But if one were to include the yet-to-be-compiled December fatalities, the toll on Emirates Road might go much higher. Four people died there in two accidents on December 17 and a fifth lost his life on December 5. Shaikh Zayed Road recorded six accident deaths in the first 11 months of 2011 and the Dubai-Al Ain Road was the scene of four deaths.

In total, there were 108 fatal accidents through November compared with 120 in 2011, an 11 per cent drop from last year.

The General Department of Traffic attributes the drop to measures taken by the police and strict laws in line with the effort to reach zero road fatalities by 2020.

 

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  1. Added 12:31 December 27, 2012

    It would be wrong to blame the road as a killer, it's the fault of maniac drivers!

    Mughis Ahmed, Doha, Qatar

  2. Added 10:27 December 27, 2012

    The maximum speed limit on Emirtes Road must be reduced to 120km, just like on Al Khail Road. Drivers will only then be under control. There should be more radars too. Thanks

    Arif Zaman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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