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Abu Dhabi highways cause 24 deaths in six months

Police urge workers to find accommodation closer to capital

Abu Dhabi highways cause 24 deaths in six months

A total of 24 people have been killed and 33 seriously injured as a result of 157 accidents on highways in and out of Abu Dhabi in the first six months of this year, figures show.

The statistics have prompted Abu Dhabi Police to urge workers living outside the UAE capital to find closer accommodation to curb traffic congestion.

Police said most of the 157 accidents between January and June occurred on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai and Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highways.

Most crashes occurred during peak times as motorists commuted to and from work.

Nearly 11,000 vehicles carrying more than 16,000 passengers enter Abu Dhabi between 6am to 9am each day, according Abu Dhabi Department of Transport figures quoted by the Gulf News.

Colonel Khamis Ishaq Mohammed, Deputy Director of the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said the number of crashes was an increase on last year.

He attributed the rate to traffic congestion caused by the significant number of people who lived outside of Abu Dhabi.

“Traffic accidents occur mainly due to high speed, reckless driving, exceeding legal speed limits, illegal overtaking, running red lights and other dangerous violations,” he said in a statement.

He added: “Traffic accidents included collisions, run over accidents and crash accidents.

“The main reasons for these accidents were sudden turns due to speeding; failing to leave sufficient distance between vehicles; failing to remain in the proper lanes; neglect lack of attention; driving under pressure and tension.”

A lack of patience by drivers was also to blame, he said.

Colonel Khamis Ishaq urged employees residing outside of Abu Dhabi to find closer accommodation “to avoid the hardship of commuting and driving for long hours to get to work on time”.

He also advised motorists living further afield to drive to work earlier.

Meanwhile, a deadline forcing Abu Dhabi Government employees living in other emirates to relocate to Abu Dhabi ends this month, with those who fail to comply set to lose their housing allowance.

Of the 23,000 Abu Dhabi Government employees affected by the rule, an estimated 10,000 regularly commute from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, according to British research publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG), the Gulf News reported.

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Raj 6 years ago

The advice makes perfect sense. It would better if a law is implemented saying all employees must live within 5 or 10km of their workplace. This will reduce traffic congestion, accidents, and ensure less fuel is wasted in commuting long distances. There are thousands of workers in Dubai who live in Sharjah, it would be better if they lived in Dubai and boosted the real estate market there in addition to help reduce accidents

Habeeb 6 years ago

@Raj, this does not make sense as the usual commute to and from workplace are about 90 minutes which is average to anywhere else in the world. Also, majority of the people here are expatriates and regardless of the time spent here they cannot call it home unless it is a second home. They would love to have some assets back in the country of their origin before they invest in this country. Every bit of penny saved goes towards that investment and you will not be able to stop this regardless of the measures taken.

SAM 6 years ago

@Raj, you reduce traffic accidents when drivers follow traffic rules and learn to respect others on the road. All I see when I drive here is inconsiderate and mean drivers that apparently take pride in their style of driving. Drivers are to blame for accidents and not the roads.