x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Speed at Eid the biggest factor in 19 UAE deaths over holiday

There were 32 accidents over the four-day holiday, causing dozens of injuries throughout the Emirates.

Nineteen people were killed and dozens injured in traffic accidents across the UAE during the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

A total of 32 accidents occurred from August from 7 to 10, including 16 collisions, nine run-over and seven rollover accidents, according to statistics from the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior.

Twelve people sustained severe injuries in accidents, 23 were moderately injured and 29 suffered mild injuries.

The statistics noted speeding was the main causes of accidents during Eid, leading to the death of seven people; reckless driving led to the death of three people; lack of attention to road users killed three people, failure to ensure the road is clear before entering caused the death of two people; while four people died due to other reasons.

Reckless driving left 15 people injured, and 13 people sustained minor to moderate to severe injuries due to running red lights.

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, head of traffic coordination at the Ministry of Interior, said failure to observe traffic rules had spoiled the joy of Eid for many drivers. He urged all road users to abide by the rules and stick to the speed limit to avoid accidents.