Top cop: negligence is killing people
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.”
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