Abu Dhabi road deaths fall 4.2% amid rise in speed radars

The number of people killed in road accidents in Abu Dhabi last year fell by 4.2 percent, a police official has revealed as traffic control systems contributed to the curbing of accidents and fatalities by 87 percent between 2009 and 2018.

The figures were set out by Major Abdulrahman Al Shamsi, head of Traffic Engineering and Road Safety with the Abu Dhabi Police, during a lecture at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research.

Al Shamsi said that the increased number of speed radars, the changes in speed buffers, and other measures like the Happiness Patrol have contributed to raising better road safety awareness.

He added that the Traffic Safety Plan 2016-2020 – which aims to decrease fatalities by 5.5 percent per 100,000 inhabitants by 2020 – is proving successful.

He said that Abu Dhabi Police is also keen to reach out to young members of the community to engrain road safety mechanisms to curtail traffic accidents among younger drivers.

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