UAE road deaths fall despite more traffic offences

Over 6.7m offences recorded in 2010 but fatal incidents drop 14%.
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More than 6.7 million traffic offences were committed in the UAE last year but road deaths fell compared to 2009, it was reported on Saturday.

Police data showed an increase in offences of around 7.5 percent over 2009 but fatal incidents fell by more than 14 percent to 826, Emirates Business reported, quoting Arabic daily Al Khaleej.

It said that while there was an increase in offences in Abu Dhabi, they declined in Dubai.

Total traffic offences in the seven emirates rose to 6.754 million in 2010, compared to around 6.284 million in 2009, Brigadier Gaith Al Zaabi, director of traffic coordination department at the interior ministry, was quoted as saying.

“The increase in offences across the UAE was a result of intensified police patrols, which allowed us to seize more offenders,” he said.

Traffic offences in Abu Dhabi increased to 2.588 million in 2010 from 2.238 million in 2010 while in Dubai they declined to 2.378 million from around 2.501 million, the paper added.

The report showed Umm Al Quwain recorded the largest decline of about 14.4 percent to 15,690 last year while Fujairah recorded the largest increase of 39.9 per cent to 153,790 from 109,876 in the same period.
 

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