x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Poor education can lead to poor driving, Sharjah police figures show

According to last year's figures of traffic accidents recently released, 352 accidents were caused by drivers without a school certificate - almost half the number of accidents reported in the emirate last year.

Most drivers that cause traffic accidents in Sharjah do not have any academic certificate, police figures have revealed.

According to last year's figures of traffic accidents, released last week, 352 accidents were caused by drivers without a school certificate - almost half the number of accidents (702) reported in the emirate last year.

The report found that 28 drivers who caused accidents had a primary school certificate; 37 had secondary school education, and the vast majority, 223, had a higher secondary school certificate. A further 54 had a higher diploma or university certificate and eight did not specify their level of education.

Sharjah Police also revealed that there were 107 deaths on the emirate's roads last year, out of the 702 accidents. The figures also revealed that 150 people had been seriously injured, 296 had received moderate injuries, and over 300 (310) sustained minor injuries on different roads, throughout the year.

The figures showed a reduction in road fatalities, down marginally from 117 in 2011.

Among the fatalities last year, 81 were male and 26 were female, with Emiratis accounting for the greatest percentage, with 27 fatalities and 234 injuries. Pakistani nationals ranked second, with 15 fatalities and 129 injuries. Indian expats accounted for 14 deaths and 128 injuries.

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