Top cop: neg­li­gence is killing peo­ple

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A truck driver ran over a man with­out re­al­is­ing the per­son was tak­ing a nap in the shade of one of the lorry’s tyres, po­lice have said.

A se­nior of­fi­cer said it is just the lat­est case in which neg­li­gence caused a per­son’s death.

Gen­eral Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, As­sis­tant Com­man­der-in-Chief of Dubai Po­lice for Op­er­a­tional Af­fairs and di­rec­tor of the Fed­eral Traf­fic Coun­cil, said 80 peo­ple were killed on Dubai roads dur­ing the first five months of this year, com­pared with 62 for the same pe­riod last year.

“That means an in­crease of nearly 30 per cent. Many of the ca­su­al­ties are the re­sult of run-over ac­ci­dents be­cause of poor traf­fic ed­u­ca­tion among labour­ers de­spite our ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns,” Al Zafeen said.

In the case of the Asian man who died, he had taken shade be­hind the tyre and fallen asleep.

Po­lice said the driver got in and moved the ve­hi­cle but had not no­ticed the sleep­ing man.

“It’s just not log­i­cal be­hav­iour... the equiv­a­lent to sui­cide,” said Al Zafeen. “No­body falls asleep By Ali Al Shouk be­hind a lorry’s tyre with­out think­ing that he might be in real dan­ger.”

Al Zafeen also said that many pedes­tri­ans con­tinue cross the road with­out pay­ing at­ten­tion.

“We blame both sides, the mo­torist who is driv­ing like he is the only one on the road and the jay­walker who walks like he is on the beach, en­joy­ing the sea view,” Al Zafeen said.

He added that some work­ers even try to cross roads where the speed limit is 120kph.

“On high­ways, it’s the jay­walker’s mistake not the mo­torist, who is driv­ing at high speed. “They must un­der­stand that the chance of dy­ing is higher than the chance of cross­ing safely,” said Al Zafeen.

The of­fi­cer added that there needs to be a road solely for lor­ries: “Hav­ing this road is a so­lu­tion which the au­thor­i­ties must start im­ple­ment­ing, even if it takes three years to fin­ish.”

In­sta­gram user Mario Chiha poses for this im­pres­sive snap of him and the Burj Khal­ifa, which was shared on the pop­u­lar MyDubai ac­count

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