Dubai road deaths drop

Fewer drivers killed on Dubai roads last year

The number of motorists killed in car crashes in Dubai fell for the first time in eight years as a result of lower speed limits, officials have revealed.

One hundred and fifty seven traffic deaths were recorded last year, down from 180 in 2007, figures from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) show.

On one stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road deaths declined from 29 in 2007 to 10 last year after the speed limit was dropped from 120kph to 100kph, the National reported.

"The RTA has constructed several strategic projects capable of curbing this dangerous trend," Maitha bin Udai, the head of the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) Traffic and Roads Agency told the paper.

"[We] are continuously studying and revising the speed limits on roads with the highest accident rates."

The number of drivers caught speeding fell slightly last year from 1,310,184 in 2007 to 1,229,948, while pedestrians who were killed by cars also decreased from 132 to 106.

"People know where the cameras are on all the main roads ... and they are not going to go fast," Salah Bu Farousha, chief traffic prosecutor, told the paper.

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