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UAE traffic accidents fall by 10% so far in 2014

Ministry of Interior unit reports 3,170 accidents in first eight months of the year

UAE traffic accidents fall by 10% so far in 2014
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, traffic

Traffic accidents in the UAE fell by 10.7 percent during the first eight months of the year, according to statistics released by the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

There have been 3,170 accidents so far this year, compared with the 3,549 accidents reported during this same period in 2013.

The has also been one less death, representing a 0.2 percent decrease when compared to the same period of the current year.

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, director general, Traffic Coordination Department, Ministry of Interior, said, "According to the indicators and due to the decrease of road accidents, the death rate of accidents has slightly decreased over the first eight months of this year with 463 deaths, as compared to 464 deaths in the same period last year."

Road accident injuries decreased by 7.4 percent over the first eight months of 2014 with 4,602 injuries, as compared to 4,969 injuries during the same period last year.

Brigadier Al Zaabi said this was due to the Ministry's efforts to improve road safety, improve the roads and strengthen partnerships with entities concerned with traffic safety in the country.

He added: "All types of road accidents, together with their subsequent injuries, deaths, and traffic fines, are the natural result of the increasing use of vehicles across the UAE, which is closely linked to the growing population increase and urban development.

"Meanwhile, traffic departments across the country bare the major burden of training and testing thousands of people who wish to obtain their driving licenses, as this is one of the most important requirements of economic and social development."

"Each type of traffic accident that has been registered over the past eight months this year, has decreased when compared to last year. Accidents involving impacts and collisions have decreased by 14.5 percent with 1,989 accidents this year, as compared to 2,326 accidents in 2013.

"Registered accidents involving swerving have recorded a significant decrease of 11.5 percent with 369 accidents this year, as compared to 417 accidents in 2013. There were 744 recorded run-over accidents with a decrease of 2.7 percent when compared to the 765 accidents during the same period last year, which is due to the successful efforts made to reduce these occurrences.

"Other types of accidents have increased by 65.9 percent over the first eight months of 2014, with 68 accidents as compared to 41 accidents during the same period last year."

Brigadier Al Zaabi stated that sudden lane changes were the primary causes of traffic accidents over the first eight months of 2014 which caused 589 accidents. The second leading cause of accidents was due to the misjudgments of road users with 406 accidents and the third most common cause of traffic accidents was due to the failure of road users to leave a sufficient amount of distance between vehicles, causing 350 accidents.

Lack of attention and speeding are the fourth and fifth leading causes, followed by entering a road before making sure it is clear, failing to comply with the rules of the lane, running red light, drinking under the influence of alcohol andf ailure to give priority to crossing pedestrians.

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