Serious and running-over accidents in Ajman dropped 10 per cent and 7 per cent respectively in 2013, thanks to extensive public traffic awareness campaigns to reduce the material and morale loss of traffic offences, police figures showed.
Brigadier Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Deputy Commander of Ajman Police, said traffic statistics indicated that the emirate saw 30,822 road accidents in 2013, a growth of 4 per cent year-on-year.
"Serious road accidents fell 10 per cent to 199 in 2013 from 203 in 2012 while run-over mishaps went down 7 per cent to 92 from 99 in the same period,’’ he explained.
He affirmed that Ajman Police were striving to deliver the highest rates of safety to road users, adding that the Ministry of Interior aims to reduce road fatalities to the international rate.
Figures also showed that 2013 saw 301 injuries caused by traffic accidents.
As for traffic violations, he added, 59,593 tickets were issued on the spot, a decrease of 1 per cent over 2012 when 60,302 violations were registered. There was a drop of 14 per cent in tickets issued in absentia to 26,248 in 2013 from 30,589 in 2012.
Traffic offences detected by radar sunk 6 per cent in 2013. However, as many as 4,090 vehicles were impounded by the traffic Police, a rise of 2 per cent year-on-year. 242 driving licenses were revoked in 2013 compared to 430 in 2012, a decline of 44 per cent.
The number of new cars that hit the road in 2013 rose 23 per cent to 17,030 from 13,849 in 2012.
Brigadier Al Nuaimi revealed that 33 high-tech surveillance cameras have been installed on the emirate’s roads and plans are underway to install more cameras on the Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Ammar bridges to monitor vehicular movement on roads.