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Rash driving blamed for increase in road deaths

Men caused 86.7% of traffic accidents in the past three months in Dubai

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:06 April 15, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The number of deaths in roads accidents has sharply increased to 48 in the first quarter of this year compared to 27 in the corresponding period last year, said the traffic police chief.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of the Traffic Department of Dubai police, blamed rash driving as the main reason behind increase in the number of deaths in road accidents. He said the police would launch new campaigns to resolve this problem.

The number of injuries due to traffic accidents has also increased as 58 people were seriously injured in 724 traffic accidents this year compared to 36 serious injuries in 675 traffic accidents from January to March last year.

Statistic issued by the Dubai police traffic department showed that sudden swerve to change lane topped the list of reasons that led to deaths on roads as it caused 175 accidents in which 15 people died, an increase of 100 per cent as during the same period last year only five deaths were reported.

The lack of attention on the roads while driving was the second reason that led to fatal accidents and claimed the lives of 11 people, while last year this caused eight deaths.

Not leaving enough distance between cars was the third cause of accidents leading to deaths of eight people, and the same number of people died last year for the same reason in the same period of the year.

Jumping the red traffic signal caused the death of three people this year in the first quarter, the same as last year, while over speeding caused the death of two people during the first quarter of this year, and three people died for entering in the street before making sure that it was free, and two people died due to reversing dangerously, and one person died due to tire explosion while a stray animal killed one person and one person died for not adhering to the assigned lane.

Police statistics revealed that Pakistanis remained top in the list of drivers who caused the death of 11 people in 88 traffic accidents, while Indians killed 10 people in 79 traffic accidents, while Emiratis are in third place as they caused 77 accidents causing the death of seven people followed by Iranians who caused the death of three people in 14 accidents, and Bangladeshi caused the death of two people in 19 accidents.

Statistics showed that men committed 86.7 per cent of the total traffic accidents during the past three months, in 344 accidents causing the death of 46 people and inuring 551.

The women drivers caused 12.12 per cent of the accidents as they caused 48 accident leading to death of two people and injuring 88, while unidentified people committed four accidents with no casualities.

The Emirates Road of Dubai topped the list of roads in traffic accidents as this year eight people died on this read in six traffic accidents, followed by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in which five accidents took place claiming the lives of six people while Shaikh Zayed Road was third in number of traffic accidents this year as two popple died on this road this year in three traffic accidents.

Comments (20)

  1. Added 17:50 April 16, 2013

    If I put a car cam and record some of the stuff that crazy drivers do on Dubai roads, would anyone be interested to take a look at it from a "take action" point of view ?

    Ajai D'Silva, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:31 April 16, 2013

    I think this sudden surge of accident is due to high stress created by the commodities increasing prices everywhere . Recently i have came across many time people being fined rather educated for a crime they are doing. I feel unnecessary fines creates miss conduct rather following rules. A happy person in society will follow rules more then an unhappy one. One of my friend got parking fine even though he was parked and sitting in the car. He got very angry with unjust fines and increasing prices. I herd him getting another speeding fine after 2 days. Thus please try to release stress.

    Ehsan, Al ain, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:03 April 16, 2013

    I had seen major road misbehavior in last 3-4 month. I am surprise to see it was not that much earlier, but now a days people becomes more rash and careless. police can use RTA buses front camera to track it. I travel by bus and I can see many drivers breaking rules daily. like sharp cuts at signals, crossing road dividers etc... The number is high specifically since last four months or so.

    Hiren, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:38 April 16, 2013

    I drive down SZR every day to work and back and literally every other driver has a mobile phone to his/her ear. I would like to appeal to the authorities to have stringent laws and penalties for such disregard for public safety. Most often it is even easy to tell from afar the very way the car is being driven that the driver is on the phone.

    Rio, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:57 April 16, 2013

    Accidents are bound to happen unless authorities come out heavily.we strongly suggest spot fining instead of radar which are manipulated or offered discount while paying fines. Drivers enjoy put others at grave risk. Hope the concerned will take effective maesures to counter this problem.

    Murali, Dubai, India

  6. Added 13:39 April 16, 2013

    Stress is the Main Cause and also Longer Working Hours and Less rest time.

    Zarish, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:35 April 16, 2013

    Everyone should be cautious, should learn discipline and give full attention while driving, if there have any problem in your mind, stress or tension, set it aside.. keep your attention in driving , be careful and always pray before driving so you cannot hurt anyone and God guide you always in your journey...

    irish, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:33 April 16, 2013

    Nothing will change. Unless the People in Bigger and Powerful Vehicles Obey the Traffic Rules/Speed limits. They Always Rubberneck/TailGate the other vehicles and disrupt the traffic flow and many times create accidents. When will the authorities start educating them ???

    Ajoy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:26 April 16, 2013

    What I feel is that motorist who are not giving way to other should be heavily fined. The issue is only when one is obstructed by other slow motorist, then one left with no option other than doing zigzag. I have also seen drivers using mobile phones on speed tracks or even at speed of 120kph ++ . I always say please don't use mobile phone or even indulge in serious chat with fellow passengers if you are on road with speed limit more than 100kph. In any accident I feel all the drivers involved are equally responsible, the existing system of giving fine to one, need to be reviewed. Driving is serious act, not a leisure act as said by most of expats, lack of concentration on road may lead to disasters. Please drive well, be a responsible driver. Do best in achieving "UAE a zero accidental death country".

    Zia, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:05 April 16, 2013

    I completely agree with Sama, People in UAE especially are over stressed..........Millions of years have been passed since man first put his foot on earth and now all of a sudden there is scarcity everywhere which is justified by the authority to increase prices of all commodities. ...Every human is become selfish as a whole. But Last that doesn't mean we should drive recklessly and kill the innocent..!!!

    Ahmed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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