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Traffic death rates drop by 27% in RAK

Neglect and lack of attention top causes of traffic accidents

15:59 September 17, 2016

Ras Al Khaimah: Road deaths in Ras Al Khaimah have dropped by 27 per cent from the beginning of this year until August, compared with the corresponding period last year.

The police said the number of deaths decreased due to traffic awareness campaigns in the emirate.

Neglect and lack of attention while driving topped the causes of traffic accidents, which accounted for 39.4 per cent of fatalities.

Victims who caused accidents accounted for 68.4 per cent of fatalities, while other victims of accidents were at 31.5 per cent.

Deaths in accidents has seen a drop over the last five years, the figures showed.

Major General Ali Abdullah Bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, commander-in-chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said that by analysing the statistics and reports on road accidents, police were able to identify the causes of road deaths and develop appropriate solutions to minimise them.

The main causes were speeding and entering a road without making sure it is clear.

He said the police also implemented programmes to raise traffic safety awareness in the community, especially among motorists and young people.

Police patrols have been increased on roads. It also intensified inspection campaigns on various roads in the emirate and launched awareness campaign targeted at different segments of society, such as schools, colleges and universities, to improve safety on the roads.