17 Died in Road Accidents in Dubai During Ramadan - UAE INFO

Oct 3, 2008

17 Died in Road Accidents in Dubai During Ramadan

DUBAI & SHARJAH — Seventeen people died in road accidents and 70,000 traffic violations were recorded in Dubai during the first 15 days of Ramadan, according to traffic police authorities.

According to Major Saif Muhair, Deputy Director of Traffic Department, speeding before iftar time and smoking while driving were the two major causes of the accidents.

He pointed out that the Traffic Police officers noticed that most of the motorists did not bother to leave enough space between the cars, which resulted in a number of accidents.

He said that some car drivers were found neglecting road discipline by driving on roadsides, causing traffic jams and accidents.

Major Muhair said that after the introduction of new Salik gates, traffic flow had increased on alternative roads.

During the first two days of Eid Al Fitr, four people were injured in separate accidents in Dubai.

A motorist suffered moderate injuries when he lost control over the steering and hit a car on Emirates Road.

In another accident, the driver was severely injured when the truck he was driving overturned on Al Aweer Road. The driver’s companion, too, suffered moderate injuries.

A car knocked down a man when he was crossing the busy Al Khail Road at an undesignated place. The severely injured man was admitted to Rashid Hospital. Meanwhile, three cars were gutted and four partly damaged in a fire that erupted around 5am on Wednesday on Al Wahda Road in Sharjah.

Sharjah Police are carrying out investigations to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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