Road death toll rises

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Sixty four peo­ple have been killed in traf­fic ac­ci­dents on Dubai’s roads so far this year, which Dubai Po­lice de­scribe as a wor­ry­ing fig­ure. Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, di­rec­tor of the traf­fic depart­ment, said the fig­ure is far higher than the 49 peo­ple killed in the first four months of 2015. “It’s a wor­ry­ing fig­ure as we aim to have zero deaths in 2020 as part of our strat­egy to re­duce ca­su­al­ties on our roads,” Al Mazroui said. He said the force has recorded many dan­ger of­fences this year such as 18,000 for not leav­ing enough dis­tance be­tween the ve­hi­cle in front. The of­fence was the cause of ac­ci­dents that have killed 10 peo­ple so far in 2016. “Not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the roads caused 27 per cent of the deaths this year. Also, we caught 10,000 mo­torists who stopped their ve­hi­cles on the roads for no rea­son. It’s a dan­ger­ous of­fence and can cause many deaths,” he added. Al Mazroui said peo­ple us­ing their mo­bile phone while driv­ing was an­other ma­jor cause of ac­ci­dents and 21,000 such of­fences were recorded. “Many mo­torists don’t care and use their phones,” he said. “It’s not only for talking but now mo­torists are check­ing their so­cial me­dia ac­counts, which is dis­tract­ing them from the road.”

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