Fa­tal lack of fo­cus

Driver was ‘not pay­ing at­ten­tion’ in at­tempt to weave through traf­fic

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - @alial­shouk By Ali Al Shouk

This was all that re­mained of one mo­torist’s 4x4 af­ter he ploughed into a lorry while fail­ing to watch the road ahead.

The dead Nis­san Pa­trol driver was one of three peo­ple who died in a se­ries of road ac­ci­dents in re­cent days. Ten oth­ers were taken to hospi­tal.

Most of the crashes in­volved driv­ers sud­denly swerv­ing to make ex­its or turn­ings, Dubai Po­lice said.

The Pa­trol driver, an Emi­rati, died when his ve­hi­cle smashed into the back of a lorry on Emi­rates Road on Fri­day.

Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Di­rec­tor of Traf­fic De­part­ment in Dubai Po­lice, said: “He was driv­ing his 4x4 ve­hi­cle on the high­way at high speed and didn’t no­tice the lorry in front of him, which was go­ing slowly be­cause of a traf­fic jam. He went straight into the back of the lorry and died on im­pact. He didn’t pay at­ten­tion to the road.”

Al Mazroui said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine what caused the dis­trac­tion.

But Al Mazroui added: “Many mo­torists still don’t pay at­ten­tion to the road and are busy mess­ing with a phone or the ra­dio. On a high­way with speed of 120kph mo­torists must be fully fo­cused.” Mean­while, an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing two cars in Al Bar­sha on Fri­day left one young Emi­rati girl dead and six other peo­ple in­jured, some se­verely. Al Mazroui said the driver of the car that the girl was a pas­sen­ger in swerved across three lanes to make a U-turn. The girl sur­vived the im­pact but was trapped in­side the car. She later died in hospi­tal. In an­other smash, in Al Quoz In­dus­trial Area on Fri­day, a 4x4 swerved off First Gulf Street and crash into a street light. A man and woman were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent. On Satur­day, a Pak­istani mo­tor­cy­clist was killed when he crashed into a pick-up truck on Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed Road near the Dubai-Al Ain Road exit. In Septem­ber, Al Mazroui said 130 peo­ple had died on the city’s roads in the first seven months of this year – al­most 70 per cent more than the same pe­riod last year. At the time he said too many mo­torists sim­ply “don’t care” about the rules of the road or show­ing courtesy to other driv­ers.

TRAGIC: The driver of this car was one of three peo­ple killed on Dubai’s roads at the week­end

SMASH: A man and woman had to be res­cued from their car with hy­draulic cut­ters af­ter crash­ing into a lamp­post in Al Quoz

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