UAE road accidents killed 561 people in 2013

Road accidents killed 651 people in the UAE in 2013, an average 6.5 per 100,000, one of the highest traffic related death rates in the world.

The casualties last year were above the 628 deaths recorded in 2012 but remained below the record high deaths of 720 in 2011, interior ministry data showed.

The deaths in 2013 were a result of 5,124 accidents that also resulted in the injury of 7,743 people, showed the figures which coincided with the traffic week.

Last year’s deaths included138 Emiratis while the rest were Asians, Arabs, Africans and other nationalities living in the second largest Arab economy.

Interior ministry’s traffic coordination director Brigadier Gaith Al Zaabi cited eight main causes for the road mishaps in the UAE, including speeding, failure to stick to the lane, reckless driving, negligence, jumping the red signal and other reasons.

He said speeding caused 368 serious accidents while 365 mishaps were a result of jumping the red lights and 1,048 accidents were caused by failure to stay in line.

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