ABU DHABI // Three people died and two were injured within a matter of hours in a spate of road accidents in the capital. Four accidents happened on Sunday evening, WAM, the state news agency, reported yesterday. A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the road linking Yas and Saadiyat islands. In Musaffah, a cyclist died when his bike and a vehicle collided.
A lorry driver died and his passenger was taken to the intensive care unit in Mafraq Hospital after their vehicle hit a power pole in Al Faya. And a man suffered slight injuries when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in Khalidiyah when it was not safe, WAM said. The news agency did not name the accident victims. Col Hamad Adil al Shamsi, the director of the police traffic and patrols department in Abu Dhabi, said poor visibility as a result of dust storms played a part in some of the accidents. With such conditions forecast to persist this week, he urged motorists to take extra care and cut their speed.
Traffic patrols would be stepped up and officers would encourage lorry drivers to pull over during particularly low visibility, said Col al Shamsi. News of more deaths on the capital's roads comes as Peter Richardson, of the Emirates Driving Institute, one of the UAE's leading driving schools, backed The National's Road to Safety campaign and voiced his support for the introduction of a mandatory theory test for learner drivers. *The National