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Majority of road accident victims in Dubai are South Asians

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

The road and transport authority ignorance of traffic rules and safe crossing precautions on highways on part of some Asian nationals was responsible for the high traffic casualties reported among this category.

As many as 74 per cent of the victims were subjects of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

"The Agency is therefore attaching paramount importance to running educative efforts and taking technical measures oriented to road users, particularly amongst workers community," Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said.

Maitha said the agency has carried out a wide-ranging survey spanning several roads and districts in the Emirate through which it identified the spots witnessing recurrent run-over accidents.

The Agency has also instituted remedies tailored to each location including the provision of footbridges, subways, surface crossings, speed calming means and pedestrian fencing to fend off pedestrian jay walking in dangerous spots.

"We have carried out a host of initiatives and projects related to pedestrians' safety including the construction of several bridges, crossings, and speed calming means conforming to the highest international practices; which have brought down the run-over fatalities in Dubai last year to the least level since 2000," she said.

First Published: Tue, December 11 2012. 11:45 IST