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Effective police patrols will make roads safer

Poor and reckless driving habits, not speeding alone, are responsible for fatal accidents in Dubai

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Dubai Police are floating the idea of reviewing speed limits in the emirate in an effort to improve road safety. The review is being sparked by a sharp rise in the number of fatal accidents; 64 deaths have occurred so far in 2013 compared to 27 in the same period in 2012.

But changing speed limits on our roads isn’t the answer to lowering the death rate. For anyone who has sat behind a wheel and witnessed poor driving habits, the reasons for the increased number of deaths is clear. If anything, vehicles travelling too slowly on our roads pose a greater risk of causing accidents.

Motorists tailgate, drive recklessly, ignore the rules of the road and drive with undue care and attention. While speed cameras catch those with lead feed, increased policing and tougher enforcement of the rules of the road are needed. This means having effective police patrols on our roads at all times, pulling over drivers who are a danger to others.

Better driving habits come from effective policing of the roads.

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