Speeding is No 1 fear of UAE drivers - survey

New study shows drivers would welcome more unmarked police cars to curb problem
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By Andy Sambidge
Sun 12 Aug 2012 04:31 PM

Speeding is the single biggest traffic safety concern for UAE motorists, according to a new survey.

The study, which polled 1,350 drivers across the country, found that the majority would welcome an increased use of unmarked police vehicles to curb the problem.

The survey, compiled by state-backed 999 Magazine, showed that 68 percent of respondents considered road travel in the UAE "relatively safe".

It said general carelessness remained the No. 2 concern, followed by drink driving, rubbernecking  and jumping of red traffic signals.

Inconsiderate turning was at No. 6 on the list, followed by loss of control due to tyre blowouts, and not using proper child restraints or seatbelts.

The UAE has increased the number of fixed and mobile speed traps or cameras on the roads in an attempt to reduce accidents.

Speed limits on some of the more dangerous highways in the country have also been reduced, in addition to the aggressive nationwide campaign against speeding.

The poll, conducted by the official English monthly of the Ministry of Interior, found that the problem is not a lack of awareness of the laws with 97 percent of respondents confirming their knowledge of traffic penalties.

Two thirds of respondents said they believed the increased use of unmarked police vehicles would be a good idea.

Lt Colonel Awadh Saleh Al Kindi, Editor-in-Chief of 999, said: "We need to educate all the motorists, especially the younger ones, about the dangers of speeding.

"The number of deaths and injuries being caused by speeding-related accidents has already come under the official scanner."

Police efforts to reduce traffic-related deaths have been paying off with latest data showing a decline in road fatalities in 2011 by 12.8 percent compared to the year before.

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