Ras Al Khaimah Police said the number of deaths in accidents decreased in 2013 as compared to the previous year – thanks to traffic awareness campaigns in the emirate.
The police said 42 people died in accidents last year as compared to 55 in the previous year while 415 people were injured in 296 accidents.
The death ratio in accidents have seen drop over the last five years. In 2009, 80 people died in accidents which dropped to 61 in 2010 and 56 in 2011, police figures showed.
Brigadier Mohammed Al Nubi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the main causes of traffic accidents are excessive speed and driving without licence.
He said police patrol has been increased on Ministry of Foreign Affairs Street which is witnessing rise in accidents. It’s also intensified inspection campaign on various streets of the emirate and also launched awareness targeted at different segments of the society such as schools, colleges and universities to improve safety on the roads.
The Department of Traffic and Patrol Police at Ras Al Khaimah is keen to apply strategy of the Ministry of Interior, which is aimed at improving the security and safety of the roads, he said.