Dubai is stepping on the accelerator to achieve its goal of achieving zero road fatalities for every 100,000 people by 2020 with a concerted road safety approach. The number one killer in Dubai’s roads is speed, and the authorities are waging a battle against speeding through concerted campaigns.
With a sterling track record in automobile safety with respect to vehicle condition and testing, the UAE’s challenge in achieving automotive safety is principally dependent on the person behind the wheel.
Not surprisingly, youth are mostly the ones indulging in speeding. Abu Dhabi police observes that 63% of all road accidents up to October 2015 were caused by young people, with nearly 34% of these resulting in fatalities.
Brigadier Khamis Ishaq Mohammed, Deputy Director of the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, stresses the importance of educating the young people on the dangers of speeding and breaking speed limits.
Human error and clear cases of carelessness and rash driving are the issues that the UAE has to address principally in reducing motor vehicle accidents.
According to the authorities, the main cause of accidents are sudden swerving, not leaving a safe distance between vehicles, speeding without considering the road conditions, jumping red signal, and recklessness.
The enormity of the situation is highlighted by the fact that Abu Dhabi recorded a whopping 21,851 vehicles jumping the red light during the first nine months of 2015 through its flashless intersection cameras. In fact, nearly 25% of all fatal accidents were the result of not waiting for the signal to clear or speeding past red lights.
(Read the best part of this article from the December issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)