A majority of traffic accidents that occur during Ramadan take place in the late-morning rush hours, according to new data from RoadSafetyUAE.
According to the data – which analysed 1,651 reported UAE accidents and claims provided to Dubaib-based insurance firm i-Insured during Ramadan in 2017 – claims and accidents are spread evenly over the four weeks of the month.
The most dangerous day was found to be Tuesday, which accounted for 18 percent of accidents, while the safest day was found to be Saturday, which accounted for 10 percent of accidents.
“Motorists must realise that even if they arrive late for a Ramadan event, people will understand,” said Thomas Edelmann, managing director of RoadSafetyUAE.
“Good time management is crucial and motorists are urged to leave early enough and allow for a time buffer to reach their destination on time.
“We need to display a caring attitude for ourselves and for others in this very special period,” he added.
Traffic participants above the age of 40 were found to be disproportionally involved in accidents - accounting for 28 percent of the total – followed by those between the ages of 30 and 35 (27 percent), 25 to 30 (22 percent), 35 to 40 (16 percent) and 18 to 24 (8 percent).
Males were found to be involved in the bulk of accidents, accounting for 77 percent of the total.
The data also showed that Indian nationals accounted for 47 percent of the total accidents and claims, followed by Emiratis (14 percent), Pakistanis (12 percent), Egyptians (6 percent) and Jordanians (3 percent).
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