x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Crime and road fatality rates fall sharply

Deaths from traffic accidents in the Emirates are down 21 per cent, and 'public security' crimes drop by 14 per cent.

DUBAI // Both crime and road fatality rates dropped significantly in the UAE in the first quarter of this year, the Dubai Police Chief said. Deaths from traffic accidents in the Emirates fell 21 per cent between January and March compared with the same period last year, Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim said after a meeting of police chiefs from different emirates. Traffic accidents dropped by 32 per cent in the quarter. The Dubai Police Chief said that a rate of 6.5 road deaths to every 100,000 people showed an improvement in both security and law enforcement.

Police are aiming to achieve a statistical death rate of zero per 100,000 inhabitants on the emirate's roads by the year 2020. Gen Tamim said that there was also a 14 per cent drop in crimes that affect public security in comparison to last year. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae