Local Press: UAE road safety standards are gradually improving

ABU DHABI, In an editorial on Saturday, the Gulf News said that the latest statistics on traffic fatalities from the emirate of Sharjah provide enough encouragement for all concerned with improving road and driving standards across the UAE.

“According to Sharjah Police’s traffic department, road fatalities have dropped by a third during the first six months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017. Last year, 61 people lost their lives on Sharjah’s road up to the end of June, and so far this year, there have been 41 road deaths.

“Sharjah Police cite not paying attention to other road users, negligence, lack of attention and speeding as the reasons for the fatalities, but attributes the 34 percent decline in deaths to better traffic safety awareness. The decrease in the number of accidents certainly seems to reinforce this change in attitude, with 277 road traffic accidents in the first six months of 2018, compared with 461 over the same time last year,” the English language daily added.

It went on to say that across the UAE, great efforts have been made to ensure that drivers are better trained before they get behind the wheel of any vehicle.

“Governments across the UAE too are investing heavily in better roads and infrastructure on our highways to make road travel as safe as it can be. Radars and heavy fines have certainly played their part too in changing drivers’ attitudes, and it is now socially unacceptable to speed or drive recklessly, putting other road users at risk. Law enforcement too has actively brought about an improvement, with more patrols on UAE roads providing a boost to overall traffic flows,” the paper continued.

The Dubai-based daily concluded, “Certainly, the hard work is paying off, but we can still do better. That’s a responsibility that rests with every motorist, every time she or he gets behind the wheel.”

Source: Emirates News Agency