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Dubai road traffic deaths fall almost 27% this year

RTA data shows 160 people were killed in motor accidents between Jan-Sept.

The number of road traffic deaths in Dubai has fallen almost 27 percent in the first nine months of this year, the latest figures by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) show.

The UAE Ministry of Interior commended the efforts of the authority and police in making the emirate’s roads safer for motorists and pedestrians.

According to the data, 160 people died in traffic accidents -  26.94 percent less than the same period the previous year. The number of people injured also fell by 12.19 percent.

Mattar Al Tayer, RTA chairman and executive director, said between January and September there were 2,589 motor accidents; of which 2,055 were collisions, 405 involved pedestrians, 117 the car was flipped over and 12 were “miscellaneous”.

“The successes made over the last three years are just initial steps towards making Dubai one of the safest cosmopolitan cities for all users of roads & transport network" he said.

Al Tayer added that the RTA expected road safety to improve to the “levels prevailing in the best global cities by 2015.”

The RTA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ministry to put the issue of road safety to the top of its agenda, and to improve driving standards and vehicle safety checks.

"While the first factor basically rests in the hands of vehicle manufacturers, the RTA is currently engaged in upgrading legislation regulating annual vehicle testing, improving safety standards and upgrading drivers’ skills and conduct,” Al Tayer said.

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