ABU DHABI // The number of traffic accidents in the emirate that led to deaths or serious injuries dropped by nine per cent in January compared with the same period last year, WAM, the state news agency, reported yesterday. The number of such cases declined from 89 in 2009 to 81 this year. Deaths in traffic accidents fell from 37 to 35, year on year, while serious injuries dropped from 52 cases in January 2009 to 46 last month.
Col Hussein al Harithi, the head of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic engineering department, said he anticipated a continued drop in the number of accidents. He said traffic safety could be improved by raising the standard of driving and increasing the number of police patrols. Col al Harithi added that the police's traffic and patrols department had launched an integrated plan focusing on the instant booking of traffic offenders.