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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Sharjah road fatalities drop by a third in 2018

The largest group of fatal accident victims were Asian

Road fatalities in the Emirate of Sharjah dropped by a third during the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

According to figures released by Sharjah Police’s traffic department, there were 41 road deaths during the first half of this year compared to 61 in the same period in 2017 — a 34 per cent decline.

In both years, the largest group of fatal accident victims were Asian. This year, that was 20 people, including 10 from India, seven from Pakistan and three from Bangladesh. Last year, there were 36 deaths among Asian motorists, with 16 from Pakistan, 12 from India and eight Bangladesh.

Five people below the age of 18 lost their lives in traffic accidents last year, while four sustained serious injuries.

The total number of traffic accidents also dropped drastically from 461 in 2017 to 277 this year.

Sharjah Police officials attribute the drop to better traffic safety awareness.

Not paying attention to other road users, negligence, lack of attention, and speeding were the leading causes of accidents on Sharjah roads.