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Death on the roads

The UAE has one of highest death rates for road users, says a recent report by WHO. The country has started taking some measures to curb dangerous driving.

June 16, 2009 1:44 by

Earlier this month, the increasing number of road accidents also prompted the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to launch a campaign against reckless driving.

The “Drive Safe, Save Lives” campaign started with a series of TV, radio and newspaper promotions, and has professional car rally champion Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi as its main ambassador.

According to HAAD statistics, 430 people died of road accident injuries in Abu Dhabi last year, with road accident accounting for 15 percent of all deaths in the emirate. Speeding, not wearing seat belts and not using child safety restraints are the main reasons behind the accidents, says HAAD.

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) also launched the “Haseb Safety Campaign” earlier this year, to spread awareness on complying with safety regulations, particularly traffic and safe driving rules. The objective of the campaign is to minimize accidents on main roads by 40 percent by 2015.

“Over speeding is responsible for about 80 percent of traffic accidents and claims hundreds of lives every year. Statistics reveal that the number of casualties is continuously on the rise as over speeding in 2008 resulted in 375 casualties ranging from death to body injury and various losses,” said Hussain Al Banna, director of Traffic at RTA Traffic and Roads Agency.

According to the law, if you exceed the speed limit by 60 km/h, you will get an AED1,000 fine, 12 traffic black points and your vehicle will be impounded for 30 days. Race-driving on public roads attracts an AED 2,000 fine, 12 traffic points, and your vehicle will be impounded for 30 days.

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  1. Jim on June 16, 2009 2:48 pm

    Is this article being published in any other languages: Urdu, Arabic, Hindi? I suspect that would be useful.

  2. Shehab Ahmed on July 27, 2009 1:56 pm

    i would totally agree this article should be transalated to urdu and hindi and arabic, we have a dangerous mix here in the UAE since we have drivers from countries who have no traffic rules. everyone wants to impose their own rules when it gets to driving here in the uae from peope driving and crossing the roads or changing lanes without paying attention to locals (us) who drive fast but at the same time they are good drivers to people from across all europe who want to drive in uae like they are driving in their own country, everyone wants to impose his own rules plus recently. I would strongly recommend when you drive by the new silver taxis in the capital as they are the worse dirvers and dont have any driving skills as they have been granted a driver license so quickly to keep up with the demand on the capital as there were shortage of qualified drivers. wish you all the best and safe driving

  3. Rodney on November 12, 2009 12:22 pm

    If the simple changing of a law saves even 1 life, why can’t the government just do it?????


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