Lt. Colonel Homoud Saeed Al Amiri, Director, Awareness and Campaigns, Dubai Traffic Police said that tailgating caused 26 deaths in 2014, and 11 deaths between January and May 2015.
“We found out that most deaths caused by tailgating take place on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, followed by Emirates Road. We also found that most victims were Emiratis, with eight deaths in 2014,” Lt. Col Al Amiri said.
He said that they will be intensifying patrols on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road during the campaign.
He said there will also be police monitoring tailgaters in unmarked cars.
His statements came at the launch of the annual ‘Keep A Safe Distance’ traffic campaign, which will continue for two months.
In 2014, Dubai Traffic Police issued 69,964 fines for people not leaving a safe distance between vehicles on Dubai roads and in 2015, they have already issued 19,975 fines in the first four months.
“When people see a police car they abide by the rules, that’s why we will have these unmarked patrols so people abide by rules all the time.”
The campaign will include awareness campaigns in malls and streets, where members from Dubai Police will speak to the public about the dangers of not leaving enough distance.
There were 1,714 complaints against tailgaters by the public through ‘We are all police’ in 2014, and 647 in the first four months of 2015.
Total is the official sponsor of the campaign.