Abu Dhabi road deaths drop 31% in H1
Major awareness campaigns to make Abu Dhabi's roads safer in Abu Dhabi have resulted in a 31 percent drop in fatalities in the first half of 2012.
The Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Department also reported a 10 percent fall in serious injuries in the first half of 2012, showed official figures cited by state news agency WAM.
Brigadier Hussein Al Harethi, director of the department, said the death toll among UAE nationals went down by 11 percent for the same period.
The figures also showed that fatalities among pedestrians shrank from 41 to 33, a retreat of 20 percent and accidents resulting in injuries decreased 10 percent from 1,180 to 1,085.
He said that intensive traffic awareness and educational campaigns had led to a marked decline in accidents associated with negligence and lack of attention.
The number caused by excessive speed also dropped by 21 percent after the introduction of new speed limit management strategies and the installation of more radars on roads.
"The Traffic Department will continue in its efforts to improve road safety in its bid to reach zero road fatality by 2030," Al Harethi added.