Major Mohammad Alai Al Naqbi, director of the traffic and patrol department at Sharjah Police, urged motorists to adhere to traffic rules to avoid accidents. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: There are a number of traffic violations that could land a driver in serious trouble.

But one has essentially become the main cause of accidents in Sharjah.

Statistics issued by the traffic and patrol department at Sharjah Police has revealed that failing to leave enough distance between vehicles was the main reason behind the majority of road accidents, which resulted in 21,805 accidents and 44 injured.

The statistics were compiled for the first six months of 2017.

The second main reason for traffic accidents in Sharjah was using a mobile phone while driving. Poice said 11,523 motorists were caught making this traffic violation. The use of a phone while at the steering wheel resulted in 57 accidents.

Statistics also showed that 14,147 violations were recorded for not driving in the correct lane and not following the line of traffic, which caused 21 accidents and a number of injuries.

Major Mohammad Alai Al Naqbi, director of the traffic and patrol department, said that excessive speeding continues to be a major concern and that Sharjah Police is taking all preventive measures to reduce the number of accidents in the emirate.  

Maj Al Naqbi also called on motorists to drive carefully, wear their seatbelts at all times, not to use the phone while at the steering wheel, and to follow traffic rules at all times.