x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Abu Dhabi speed limits to change next month

The director of the Department of Traffic and Patrols made the announcement while releasing statistics that show a drop in road fatalities.

Abu Dhabi Police are planning to adjust speed limits in the emirate by the end of next month, as part of a campaign to reduce road fatalities.

Col Hussein Ahmed al Harethi, Director of the Department of Traffic and Patrols, made the announcement while releasing new statistics showing a 17 per cent drop in road fatalities in the first nine months of 2010. The toll dropped from 331 in 2009 to 276 in 2010.

Col al Harethi told the state news agency WAM that the figures showed "a major improvement in performance indicators" for the emirate's traffic safety strategy.

''The department is joining hands with its stakeholders - Department of Transport, Department of Municipal Affairs, Health Authority Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Education Council - to develop the road safety strategy and define procedures and initiatives that should be adopted to improve safety standards to match the best international benchmarks and position Abu Dhabi as the best in the region and among the most world's recognised destinations in terms of traffic safety.

''The prime goal is to reduce deaths caused by traffic accidents by 30 per cent by 2022, an achievement that will also lead to a substantial drop in economic losses in connection to road mishaps," he said.

The strategy aimed to cut the rates of serious injuries and fatalities to 4 per cent per 100,000 persons annually, with a 20 per cent reduction in the road toll for the five years from 2008 to 2012 until a "zero accident vision" could eventually be reached. 


* with WAM