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756 traffic accidents reported in Dubai in 8 hrs as bad weather rages

Three motorists were killed on UAE roads during heavy rain

756 traffic accidents reported in Dubai in 8 hrs as bad weather rages

Three people lost their lives on UAE roads as heavy rain caused havoc for motorists across the country.

Abu Dhabi Police said a young motorist from a GCC country was killed in Al Ain when he lost control of his vehicle while “speeding on a wet road”.

In Dubai alone, 756 traffic accidents were reported over a period of eight hours, with most of them occurring between 6am and 2pm.

A bus driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a parked car on the Mohammad bin Zayed Road, which caused the bus to flip over.

The third fatality occurred on the Sheikh Zayed Road after two drivers got out to inspect the damage caused by a minor accident. One of the drivers was killed when a third vehicle crashed into one of the cars and ran over the driver.

Dubai Police said the main cause of the accidents was drivers not adjusting their speed to suit the weather conditions.

Revealing details of the accidents, Brigadier Omar Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Director of the Command Room of the Dubai Police told Khaleej Times that 293 of the accidents were minor and involved two vehicles, while 36 accidents had three vehicles involved.

A total of 60 vehicles crashed into the median, while 28 vehicles crashed into concrete barriers on the roadside, four collided with poles and three vehicles rammed into trees. Thirteen vehicles ended up on fire on the road, leading to long delays in most cases.

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arun 5 years ago

Dubai RTA to include a crash course for all drivers how to drive in bad weather (fog, rain etc.). This will educate the drivers to avoid such massive accidents which causes loss of life and extra administrative cost to the RTA to mange the smooth flow of traffic during weather emergencies.

Ed B 5 years ago

Regardless if it is raining or not, the standard of driving is poor here. Lack of driver discipline combined with high speed, and distractions like phone use or even reading while driving are playing the main role in accidents; bad weather just makes the matter worse.

RTA would do many people a favor by taking away the 20km grace on the speed limit, and give internal roads a speed limit of 60km. This would not address the standard of driving itself, but it will decrease the number of accidents.

ex-seo 5 years ago

Rubbish. Drivers should use their brains and not their EGO.

Shaz 5 years ago

Its im-practical to suggest RTA should train such DUD drivers who do not evenhave sense that the driving speed has to be about 1/3rd of normal speed under wet condition.
RTA should on the contrary monitor by cameras where ever possible to fine drivers who have no common sense and continue to drive fast even during such weather conditions and they should also DOUBLE the fine for drivers who cause accidents due to Rash and Speeding .

Dr Sayedabanoo Khan 5 years ago

I just left your lovely city a week ago.
We drive on wet roads often!
Under such WEATHER conditions, we have more traffic officers around, which is the best way to control such elements; they divert them off the road and of course, a heavy fine ensues...
Good luck as you too apply more stringent surveillance mechanisms (as you do with all of your other excellent control measures) to ensure maximal safety for all in your country.

Good luck