501 people killed on Abu Dhabi roads in 5 years

Drivers violating traffic laws killed 501 people on Abu Dhabi roads in five years and police said jumping the red signal and negligence were the main offences.

The largest number of casualties was recorded in 2009, when 118 people were knocked over. In 2011, the number dropped by 31 per cent to 81.

Figures by the Abu Dhabi traffic police showed 33 people were killed on roads in the first half of 2012.

“The main reasons for the accidents were jumping the red lights and negligence, including failure by drivers to give priority to pedestrians,” said the report, published in the Arabic language daily Emarat Alyoum.

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