Road injuries halved in the UAE during Eid Al Fitr

Ten killed in road accidents but police report fall in injuries

A driver was killed on the Sheikh Zayed Road after a water tanker collided with his vehicle last week. Image: @DeveshM
A driver was killed on the Sheikh Zayed Road after a water tanker collided with his vehicle last week. Image: @DeveshM

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The number of injuries from road accidents during last week’s Eid al Fitr holidays in the UAE fell from 143 in 2010 to 78, according to the police.

Ten people were killed in accidents, down from 14 in 2010. Police in Abu Dhabi also reported that 198 traffic accidents were recorded during Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, a fall of 23% from last year.

“The accidents were caused mostly by failure of drivers to respect traffic rules,” Brigadier Gaith Al Zaabi, director general of the traffic coordination general administration at the ministry of interior revealed.

Al Zaabi’s observations were echoed by the Royal Oman Police which has reported that most of the 28 fatalities that occurred in the sultanate during the holidays were caused by speeding and reckless overtaking.

The police reported that 234 traffic accidents left 346 people injured during the week-long holiday.

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