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According to official figures, the number of road deaths in the UAE declined sharply in 2009.
January 6, 2010 3:47 by Aarti Nagraj
In 2008, the Abu Dhabi Police said that it would aim for a 20 percent reduction in road fatalities by 2012. “If the current positive trend can be maintained, hopefully the target will be achieved ahead of time,” al-Zaabi said.
The total number of accidents in the UAE fell 15 percent, from 10,124 in 2008 to 8,612 in 2009. This is despite the fact that, in August of 2009, official figures from the interior ministry said that accidents in the country had gone up by 11.5 percent during the first half of 2009 as compared to the same period in 2008. The rise in the number of road accidents was caused by “roadworks” in the Emirates and the increasing number of people receiving their driving licenses, al-Zaabi told The Khaleej Times at the time.
Evidently, the rate of accidents dropped dramatically in the second half of the year. Perhaps this is the result of the many measures taken by authorities in the country over the last few months. Tailgating, for instance, was the subject of an awareness campaign launched in Dubai in December – the campaign warned motorists to always maintain safe distances between vehicles. The police said that drivers breaking the rule would face an on-the-spot fine of AED400 and four black points.