This year, in March, a survey revealed that UAE roads have become more dangerous – hardly surprising. However, a new report by the Dubai Police Traffic Department has actually highlighted which are the region’s most dangerous. The roads listed by the Dubai Police are the ones that have witnessed the most fatal accidents in the second quarter of 2016.
According to new statistics, fatal accidents in Dubai rose by 17. Fifty-nine accidents were reported in the second quarter of this year compared to 42 within the same period of time last week.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road was called the most dangerous road witnessing the most accidents with 14 fatalities. This is an increase of 21 per cent from 2015. While the region’s the region’s busiest road, Sheikh Zayed Road, witnessed two fatal accidents in the second quarter.
Col Jamal Al Bannai, acting director of Dubai Traffic Police, revealed that Emirates Road came a close second, with nine fatalities. While the Dubai Al Ain Road saw two fatalities in the second quarter of 2016.
The new statistics, presented during a meeting with Maj Gen Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief is part of an important Dubai Police campaign to improve safety on the roads in the UAE.
This year alone the Traffic Department fined 41,627 vehicles, but it’s not just drivers that are getting punished. Irresponsible pedestrians are getting in trouble, too, for jaywalking. In fact, earlier this year we reported how 65,000 people were fined for jaywalking in the region.
Not sure what jaywalking is? It’s when a pedestrian crosses the road at an unauthorised crossing. In case you are wondering, the fine for unlawfully crossing a road is Dhs200.
Please be safe on the roads whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian. Be aware and follow the rules.