UAE road safety picture 'improving' - survey

RoadSafetyUAE poll reports reductions in lane swerving, speeding, tailgating
UAE road safety picture 'improving' - survey
Traffic comes to a stand still at Sheikh Zayed Road due to heavy rain in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)
By Staff writer
Fri 06 Oct 2017 12:31 AM

Road safety in the UAE is improving with less lane swerving, less speeding and less tailgating, according to the head of RoadSafetyUAE.

The latest edition of an annual road safety study commissioned by RoadSafetyUAE and QIC Insured and conducted by YouGov in August, said that overall reckless driving is on the decrease in the country.

Thomas Edelmann, managing director of RoadSafetyUAE said: “Yes, the news is very positive. For the first time in this long-term perception study (since 2015), all perceived behaviour trends point in the right direction.

"Despite these very positive trends, more needs to be done, as the absolute levels of perceived misbehaviour are still high. The hard work of all involved stakeholders must continue, especially with regards to education and creating awareness for proper conduct.”

UAE motorists recorded over the last 6 months an eight percent drop in dangerous driving, a 12 percent fall in tailgating, distracted driving incidents down by 10 percent and lane swerving down by 9 percent.

It also revealed that speeding cases were down by 7 percent, the number of people involved in a collision fell by 5 percent while reports of longer commute times fell by 10 percent.

“As the study tracks the perception trends linked to the main killers on our roads, the insights are priceless," Edelmann added.

The study, which was based on the views of a representative sample of 1,010 UAE residents, will next take place in the first quarter of 2018.

For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.