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Emirati dies after his car crashes with bus in Dubai

According to Dubai Police, it is thought the Emirati driver entered the roundabout without checking and his Ford Mustang collided with the bus.

The accident happened on a roundabout in the Al Barsha area at 6.30am on Thursday. Courtesy Dubai Police / March 27
The accident happened on a roundabout in the Al Barsha area at 6.30am on Thursday. Courtesy Dubai Police / March 27
DUBAI // A man died on Thursday when the car he was driving crashed into a bus.
The accident happened on a roundabout in Al Barsha at 6.30am. According to Dubai Police it is thought the driver of the Ford Mustang entered the roundabout without checking.
The Emirati was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unknown how many people were on the bus at the time , but no other injuries were reported.
Earlier this month the Roads and Transport Authority held the Gulf Traffic week, where they said that road safety was a shared responsibility. "Road safety is not just the responsibility of one party. It is everyone's responsibility, from the government and schools to the parents," said Hussain Al Banna, director of RTA's Traffic Department, at the event.
Fifteen per cent of road traffic accidents are caused by drivers aged 18 to 23.
As part of the emirate's continued efforts to improve safety and reduce the number of fatalities, several government bodies and a private company last year introduced a mobile campaign, which will run for five years. The campaign will target younger drivers and will offer road-safety advice and teach the basics of first aid.
Dubai has implemented a number of policies to reduce road fatalities, resulting in a drop from 21.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 2006 to just 4.4 in 2013.
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