ABU DHABI // Six people were killed and 14 sustained serious injuries in motorcycle crashes across the emirate in the first 11 months of 2012, police say.
Almost half of those involved in accidents were between 18 and 30.
The crashes ranged from rollovers and collisions to run-overs.
Brig Gen Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, head of the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said speeding and sudden lane changes were among the main causes of motorcycle accidents.
Poor riding skills, recklessness, distraction and jumping red lights were also to blame.
As part of efforts to reduce the number of crashes, police increased road patrols and issued 1,150 tickets to motorcyclists across Abu Dhabi. Of these, 353 were for speeding and 105 were for riding without a helmet.