x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

95 killed in Dubai crashes involving more than one vehicle in past 11 months

Dubai Police said crashes involving more than one vehicle accounted for the most deaths on the emirate's roads.

DUBAI // Car crashes involving more than one vehicle caused the most deaths on the emirate’s roads over the past 11 months, a police study reveals.

There were 95 deaths and 1,710 injuries from 2,124 vehicle smashes, statistics from Dubai Police show.

The second highest number of deaths were pedestrians being hit by vehicles, with 40 killed and 361 injuries in the same period.

The director of Dubai Traffic, Maj Gen Mohammed Al Zafeen, said most pedestrian deaths were people trying to cross roads in undesignated places.

Maj Gen Al Zafeen said this could be caused by “cultural differences in road safety practices among the emirate’s population”, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

Seven people also died in 59 accidents when drivers crashed into metal barriers, seven were killed after crashing into street signs and four died crashing into pavements.

Dubai Police said more than 13,000 motorists were caught driving through red lights over the past 11 months, causing 158 crashes with six people killed and 238 injured.

The figures represent a 10 per cent drop in accidents from 2012.

Drivers who do not obey traffic signals face a Dh800 fine and their vehicle will be impounded for 15 days. They will also receive eight black points on their licence.