Death toll rises on Emi­rates Road

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Emi­rates Road has seen more fa­tal­i­ties than any other road in the city this year, Dubai Po­lice have said. Traf­fic of­fi­cers said 25 peo­ple were killed in ac­ci­dents be­tween Jan­uary and July – up from 10 in the same pe­riod last year. Part of the spike can be at­trib­uted to a minibus crash in July that claimed the lives of seven peo­ple and left 13 in­jured (pic­tured right). Po­lice also said 20 peo­ple died and 17 were se­ri­ously in­jured in ac­ci­dents on Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed Road, up from four dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2015. Sheikh Zayed Road saw six deaths and five peo­ple died on Al Khail Road. Last week, Bri­gadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Di­rec­tor of the Traf­fic Depart­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said 130 peo­ple were killed on the city’s roads in the first seven months of this year – al­most 70 per cent more than the same pe­riod last year. He said “many mo­torists don’t care”, adding that con­stantly check­ing What­sApp and other so­cial me­dia is also a con­tribut­ing fac­tor. He added: “De­spite all our plans, cam­paigns and strate­gies to cut the num­ber of deaths, hu­man er­ror hap­pens and dan­ger­ous driv­ing has killed many peo­ple this year.”

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