x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Road deaths down by 44% in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region

The number of traffic casualties in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region has dropped from 77 deaths between January and November of 2011 to 43 so far this year.

The number of traffic casualties in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region has dropped from 77 deaths between January and November of 2011 to 43 so far this year, a decrease of 44 per cent, police figures show.

The drop is in line with a downward trend in the number of accidents, which have decreased from 280 to 229 over the same period, according to Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

“The accidents that happened so far this year ranged from collisions to roll-overs and run-overs,” said Maj Suheil Al Mazrouei, head of the Western Region traffic section at Abu Dhabi Police.

He said the most common causes of these accidents were, in order of importance: swerving suddenly, negligence, failure to maintain a safe distance between vehicles, fatigue and sleepiness, tyre blowouts and unsafe merging into a main road.

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