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1,598 road traffic accidents during Eid weekend

Dubai Traffic Department Radars

Dubai Police also reminds residents to only dial 999 in an emergency.

August 12, 2013 1:14 by

Tailgating, speeding, general negligence and lack of lane discipline were among the causes behind almost 1,600 traffic accidents in Dubai during the Eid Al Fitr weekend.

Many of the accidents, which caused mild to severe injuries, were caused by drivers not paying enough attention, reported local media.

With approximately 2,500 phone calls being made to police in Eid alone, First Lieutenant Zayed Al Badani, director of the monitoring and analysis section at the Department of Command and Control Centre, reminded residents to only dial 999 in the event of an emergency.

Earlier this year, Dubai Police revealed that nearly two thirds of all 999 calls received were non-emergencies – ranging from prank calls to asking for medical advice. These results were discovered after the force launched a campaign to urge people to stop wasting valuable police time.

General Jasim Mohammad Bel Rumaitha, head of the operations department at Dubai Police, said: “One caller telephoned complaining about a headache and asked if he should take Panadol or another painkiller.”

Lesley Cully, a British expat who has gained prominence in Dubai since founding the Buckle up in the Back campaign in 2010, says that Eid should be a time of celebration for friends and family, not mourning and despair.

She added: “This is appalling information. Having almost 1,600 accidents [during Eid] is unacceptable and more needs to be done on the roads [to prevent this].”


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