Deaths on UAE roads fall by 21% in first quarter
Deaths caused by road accidents in the UAE during the first quarter of this year decreased by 21% while injuries fell by 14.8% according to statistics released by the Traffic Coordination Directorate General at the Ministry of Interior.
The report shows that accidents that occurred in the same period dropped by 8.1% compared to the same period of 2014, while deaths declined from 186 to 147.
The number of injuries resulting from traffic accidents recorded during the first quarter of the year was 1,684 compared to 1,976 during the same time period in 2014.
The statistics also showed a decline 0f 8.1 per cent in traffic accidents nationwide to 1,232 during the first quarter of the year, compared to 1,340 during the same period last year.
Statistics indicated that sudden swerving was the main cause of accidents in the first quarter of the year, leading to 245 accidents, or 19.89% of the total number of accidents.
The second cause was misjudgement of road users with 156 accidents, amounting to 12.66% of accidents. Failure to maintain a sufficient safe distance between vehicles caused 12% of accidents with 151 accidents, followed by neglect and lack of attention on the road with 125 accidents or 10.15 %.
Sudden lane changes caused 7.95% of accidents, 98 in total, followed by excessive speeding, which caused 83 accidents, or 6.74% of the total. Failure to comply with lane rules, jumping red lights, and not giving priority to pedestrians caused 6.57%, 4.30% and 3.25% of the accidents, with 81, 53 and 40 accidents respectively.
The first quarter of the year registered 200 accidents due to other reasons.
Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, director general of the traffic coordination department at the Ministry of Interior, attributed the decrease in traffic accidents and injuries to the efficiency of measures adopted by the Ministry and the efforts of the police.
“These efforts are in line with the Ministry’s efforts to improve traffic safety, and create a safe traffic environment according to international standards in this field,” he said.