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Emiratis ‘caused 40% of road deaths in 2015’, say Dubai Police

17 out of 42 fatalities caused by Emirati motorists, the rest by Pakistanis, Indians, Egyptians

Emiratis ‘caused 40% of road deaths in 2015’, say Dubai Police
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Emirati drivers caused more traffic-related deaths in the UAE last year than other nationalities, Dubai Police have reportedly revealed.

Emiratis caused 17 out of 42 road fatalities in 2015 as a result of “aggressive tailgating”, Khaleej Times said, citing figures from Dubai Police published this week.

Pakistani motorists reportedly came in second place, causing the deaths of 11 people, while Indian motorists caused six deaths and Egyptians four.

The total number of deaths last year represented a 61.9 percent increase from 26 reported in 2014, Dubai Police’s traffic department said.

And the most common cause of death was “tailgating”, when drivers fail to leave a sufficient distance between vehicles.

Male drivers caused the most deaths – 39 compared to three deaths caused by female drivers – and most of the culprits were young. Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the General Department of Traffic, was quoted as saying: “Most of those who were behind these accidents were youths, whose ages ranged between 25 and 33, and they caused the deaths of 16 people last year.”

He added: “Emirates Road was the most dangerous route in terms of death rate, with 17 deaths as a result of aggressive tailgating and not keeping a sufficient distance between the vehicles.

“This was followed by Shaikh Zayed Road, Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Dubai Road at a rate of four deaths each.”

The department has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of tailgating, it was said.

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Red Snappa 4 years ago

Alas and representing only 15 percent of the total population, a truly grim ratio to the cause of fatalities.