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Dubai road deaths: the alarming stats

City has seen 82 fatalities so far this year, compared with 49 in same period last year

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 21:00 July 25, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News Archive
  • Ambulance and police at an accident site on Emirates Road. According to police, drivers who are relatively new were involved in majority of the accidents.

Dubai: A sharp increase in deaths on Dubai's roads has been recorded in the first half of this year with 82 killed compared to 49 in the corresponding period of 2012, police say.

Statistics released on Thursday show 1,179 people were injured in 1,351 crashes compared to 1,243 people in 1,432 incidents last year.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of Dubai Police Traffic Department, said from the 187 incidents involving pedestrians being run over, 24 were killed and 189 were injured, 27 of them seriously. Five of the incidents occurred in Dubai Marina.

Major General Al Zafein broke down the statistics depending on the experience of the driver, with the results below:

  • Those in their first year of driving caused 86 crashes, injuring 139 and killing four.
  • Drivers with a year or more of experience caused 68 incidents, injuring 105 and killing ten.
  • 78 crashes were caused by drivers with two-year-old licences, injuring 110 and killing six.
  • Those with three years of experience caused 89 incidents, injuring 136 and killing 12.
  • Drivers with four years of experience caused 73 crashes, injuring 107 and killing four.
  • Just 18 crashes were caused by drivers with 10-year-old licences, injuring 31 and killing none.
  • 11 crashes injuring 17 people were caused by drivers with 14 years of experience.
  • Bucking the trend, drivers with 16 years of experience caused 65 incidents, injuring 91 and killing 11.
  • 23 crashes injuring 29 people and killing three were caused by drivers without licences.
  • Cyclists caused 11 incidents, injuring 11 and killing two.

The statistics also broke down the deaths by road:

  • 11 people died in crashes on Emirates Road including five drivers, five passengers and one pedestrian.
  • Mohammad Bin Zayed Road saw 10 people die so far this year, including six drivers and four passengers.
  • Crashes on Shaikh Zayed Road led to six deaths including three drivers, one passenger and two pedestrians.
  • Four people died in separate crashes on Al Wasl Road, while three died in two incidents in the Al Quoz industrial area. Three were killed on the Dubai-Al Ain road.
  • Two fatal crashes took place on each of Hessa Street, Al Aweer, Shaikh Rashid road and Al Khail Road.
  • One fatal crash took place on each one of Cario road, Al Warqa, Al Saqer intersection, Al Muhaisna 2, Al Garhoud, Hor Al Anz, and Dubai Marina. Thirteen people also died in accidents in Al Quoz, Al Khawneej and Dubai Healthcare City.

Comments (4)

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  1. Added 14:16 July 26, 2013

    Some days (I mean on many occasions) you reported 'fall in road fatalities' and surprisingly you come up with exactly the opposing statement another day.... just happening it within a short period of less than 6 months! Great reporting ...

    Santhosh Kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:56 July 26, 2013

    Although it seems inviting to jump to the conclusion that more experienced drivers cause less accidents and this would match my experience too one needs to be careful while interpreting these statistics. How many drivers are there with 14 years experience as compared to drivers with less experience. To get the full picture a weighted average should be used here to understand the real picture, Regardless my overall feeling is that many drivers do not seem to understand the influence how bad road conditions (sand, pits etc) affect the ability of the card. ALso reckless driving (high speed, tailgating, frequent lane shifting) seem to be more frequent here than in other parts of the world. I wish there would be less focus on pure speed and more focus towards reckless driving. As fines do not always have the required effect, Considering to impound driving licenses may have a better effect on improving road safety. Another thing to consider may be to allow starter drivers to drive smaller and less powerful cars until they have gained experience or driven accident free for 2 or 3 years)

    Bart, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:21 July 26, 2013

    its all fault of the road system,trucks on highways,traffic jams because of signals everywhere and most important people rushing for iftarhuman can survive 3 months without food

    ali, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:30 July 26, 2013

    And 45 years old and driving since the age of 18, with 0 crashes.

    tahir, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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