Covid Effect? 42% drop in road deaths since Jan

DG Staff

DUBAI 30 October 2020: The number of road traffic deaths recorded on Dubai roads has fallen by 42 percent since January 2020, while the number of traffic accidents recorded during the same period dropped by 46 percent, according to the latest figures from Dubai Police.

Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, praised the efforts exerted in securing the emirate’s roads and ensuring the safety of road users, said Wam.

Travel, including road travel, has been limited since coronavirus became a pandemic earlier this year. Lockdowns and restrictions on number of people in vehicles, have also resulted in fewer people on the roads.

The statistics showed that the number of minor traffic injuries fell by 47.4 percent, while the number of the mild traffic injuries decreased by 43.1 percent. A 10.2 percent drop was also recorded in the number of serious traffic injuries reported on the emirate’s roads.

While the Directorate of Traffic at Dubai Police does not tolerate traffic offenders, it holds the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians in high regard. Therefore, the Traffic Directorate has issued 262,940 serious traffic tickets during the past nine months.

Lt-Gen Al Marri also praised Dubai Traffic Police for reaching 36,095 road users through the directorate’s various initiatives launched with the aim of raising the public’s awareness on road safety and local traffic laws and regulations. He also commended the efforts exerted by the Dubai Police Traffic Training Institute in training more than 2,000 security personnel since 2018.

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