Road accidents cost UAE AED4.6 billion annually

The huge cost of caring for people injured in UAE traffic accidents was revealed by the head of Dubai Police on Tuesday as he launched a new campaign to snare speeders.
Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim said it costs approximately Dhs4.6 billion every year to treat victims of smashes on the country’s roads.
He said his force is working towards reducing this figure and to reach the target of zero deaths on UAE roads by 2020.
“Every year, the UAE spends Dhs4.6 billion on helping those injured in accidents recover. We want to reduce this number by 10 per cent this year and hope to reach our target of zero deaths in 2020 as part of our strategy,” he said.
Tamim spoke as he launched the ‘Lethal Speeding’ campaign by Dubai Police and other partners.
“We will increase the number of patrols and radars on the roads, especially on the most dangerous highways such as Emirates Road and Mohammed bin Zayed Road,” he said.
He added that the force will also focus on encouraging heavy trucks and buses to drive safely. He said: “Those drivers will have an educational programme as their accidents are often the worst and cause many casualties.
“We want people to help us by calling police if they see a bus or heavy vehicle ignoring road traffic instructions.”
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