x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai statistics show increase in traffic fatalities

More than 155 people were killed in road accidents last year, up from 123 the year before.

DUBAI // One hundred and sixty people were killed in road accidents last year, up from 123 in 2012.

Of the 2,944 traffic-related incidents police recorded last year in the emirate, more than 1,550 accidents resulted in either deaths or injuries.

In more than 85 per cent of accidents that resulted in fatalities or injuries, men were driving. Women were driving in 11 per cent, and 1 per cent were hit-and-run incidents.

Accidents last year led to the injury of more than 2,300 people and the death of 160, 45 of whom were pedestrians.

More than 12 per cent of road accidents involve pedestrians, making it the second-leading cause of traffic-related deaths after vehicle collisions, which stands at 65 per cent.

Dubai Police traffic department has run several awareness campaigns focusing mainly on labourers living in industrial zones, where there is a higher concentration of accidents.

Jaywalkers could be fined Dh200.

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