Dubai driving improving?

Road deaths 18% down on the same time last year

It would appear that our driving skills are improving. Dubai has recorded an 18 per cent decline in the number of fatalities on the roads in the first four months of the year compared to last year, said a top traffic police official.

During the first four months of last year, Dubai recorded 102 deaths mostly due to speeding. However, this year the toll declined to 84, said Brigadier Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, director-general of Dubai Police's traffic department.

The number of deaths each month witnessed a decrease except for March. In January there were 20 fatalities while last year there were 24. In February this year there were 31 deaths and 39 last year. In March there were 18 deaths while there were 16 last year. Finally last month there were 15 deaths compared to 23 last year.

According to Brigadier Al Zafein, there are a number of reasons for this decline such as the black points system, an increase in the number of radars, traffic awareness campaigns and an increase in traffic patrols and fines.

Currently the traffic department has installed two advanced radars on Al Khail Road on a trial basis until the summer. These radars not only monitor speeding but other road violations such as vehicles not keeping enough distance between other vehicles, and trucks driving in the fast lane.

The new radar system has multiple videos installed and is tailored to withstand the soaring heat of the summer, he said while adding the radar was made in consultation with companies to modify them to the regulatory requirements of the traffic department.

"Road systems and road violations differ among countries. We provide our recommendations and feedback to these companies to provide us with the specified modification," he said.

Brigadier Al Zafein said that the department will announce soon the implementation of new radars on traffic patrol cars.

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