By Andy Sambidge
Ministry of Interior official says decline due largely to revised traffic laws.
Road fatalities fell by more than 10 percent in the UAE over the past two years due largely to revised federal traffic laws, a senior official said on Saturday.
Brigadier Gaith Al Za'abi, director general of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior said run-overs, collision and turn-over accidents dropped by 16.8, 6.4 and 3.6 percent respectively.
In comments published by news agency WAM, he attributed the decline in accidents to the enforcement of revised traffic laws and a rise in violations to a large deployment of traffic patrols and radars on roads.
He said that offending motorists would continue to face the full force of the law.
"The law is a good step forward in the Ministry's effort to standardise procedures, violations and penalties," he added.
Whilst the news is very welcome ref the reduction in traffic fatalities over the past two years, does it help to assume that new laws were the primary factor in achieving that result.Should the fact that traffic has reduced considerably over that period not be taken into account and if it were, may we actually see a proportionate rise in traffic fatalities. Or perhaps not which would prove the effectiveness of the new laws etc. Do these things scientifically and perhaps the world will take we Dubians a bit more seriously.
Agree with Hugh, please can you do the numbers proportionately to the decline in population and the decline in buses on the road. It would also make interesting reading doing the stats and comparing nationalities who cause accidents to their percentage of the population. I would imagine it would be alarming. You have to drive here for only one day to work out who the poor, reckless, dangerous drivers are. The laws will never change the mindset. They see their fathers driving badly and then they learn their ways and it's a cycle. You need to start in primary school educating people on traffic laws, unfortunately lack of education, wealth and arrogance are a dangerous combination.