transport

No traffic fatalities during Eid break

Dubai Police receive 49,404 phone calls over Eid break

15:56 September 19, 2016

Dubai: Dubai Traffic Police recorded 28 accidents during the Eid Al Adha break between September 9-17, which resulted in eight injuries.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Dubai Traffic Police, said there were no deaths, but one of the injuries was severe, six were moderate and two were minor.

Of the injured, six were men and two were women.

This is an improvement from the statistics from the Eid Al Adha break in 2015, which saw 27 traffic incidents that injured 23 people. There were no fatalities.

The command and control centre (operations room) at Dubai Police received 49,404 phone calls over the same period. In 2015, the operations room received 20,354 phone calls during the three-day Eid holiday.

Lt Col Khazraj Majed Al Khazraji, director of the Department of Control and Command, said that they received more than 1.3 million phone calls during the first half of 2016 compared with more than 1.4 million calls during the same period in 2015.

He said that 97.8 per cent of the calls were attended to within 10 seconds — around 1.28 million — an increase from 93.57 per cent during the same period last year.

He urged the public to only use the 999 hotline for emergencies, and 901 for any other queries or non-emergency situations.