By Andy Sambidge
Deaths and injuries dropped by 25 and 51 percent respectively in Dubai, figures show.
Road crash death rates in the UAE dropped by 21 percent and injuries by 23 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2009, according to official figures.
Colonel Ghaith Al Za'abi, director general of Traffic Coordination Administration, Ministry of Interior, said: "Statistics showed that a decline of traffic mishaps across the Emirates to 3,581 in the first six months of 2010 from 5,032 in the same period in 2009."
He added in comments published by news agency WAM that fatalities and injuries had fallen to 391 and 4,372 respectively from 495 and 5,652 a year earlier.
Abu Dhabi reported a 26 percent drop in traffic accidents from 1,631 with deaths down from 216 to 174 and injuries from 1,908 to 1,756.
In Dubai, he said traffic accidents fell from 1,915 to 1,358 in the first half of 2010 while deaths and injuries dropped by 25 and 51 percent respectively, the figures showed.
Sharjah saw a decrease of 18.5 percent in road accidents, pushing deaths and injuries down by 26 and 23 percent respectively.
In Umm Al Quwain, traffic mishaps dipped 21 percent but the emirate's death toll rose 11 percent, the data showed.
In Ras Al Khaimah, fatal and injury cases went down 23 and 10 percent while fatal accidents in Fujairah increased 12.5 percent.
Al Za'abi said "massive deployment of traffic patrols" across the country had helped to bring down the number of fatal crashes on the roads.
"massive deployment of traffic patrols" across the country had helped to bring down the number of fatal crashes on the roads. No, it was simply a drop in the population over the period due to the mass exodus of expats.
Dave, you're absolutely wrong, the number of police patrols has increased dramatically over the last 18 months. The police have been stopping offenders, which two years ago would have been unheard of. The police, Ministry of Interior and other government agencies have been involved in massive road safety campaigns. But it is the police's work in enforcement of the laws that has been most effective. Additionally, the cost of traffic violations is making people think twice about breaking the laws in these tough economic times. The drop in population, as you state, can not be related to the drop in accidents, deaths and injuries, since a drop in population will empty the roads of traffic, thus giving drivers more of an opportunity to go fast, leading to more accidents, deaths and injuries. Additionally, expats were never the main cause of accidents, so your statement is irrelevant.