The number of accidents on Ajman roads during Ramadan has dropped by more than a fifth. Sarah Dea / The National
The number of accidents on Ajman roads during Ramadan has dropped by more than a fifth. Sarah Dea / The National

Ajman road accidents drop by 21 per cent in Ramadan

Traffic accidents in Ajman dropped by 21 per cent during the first 20 days of Ramadan – with police hailing a peak-hours safety campaign for the encouraging figures.

There were a total of 2,094 traffic accidents on the roads of the emirate since the start of Ramadan – well down on the 2,660 incidents recorded during the same period in the previous year.

Lt Col Saif Abdullah Al Falasi, director of traffic and patrols in Ajman police, said: "This indicates the intensified efforts of the traffic department to reduce accidents during the holy month."

He praised the success of an ongoing safety campaign, which has included directing patrols to areas with heavy traffic flow, mainly during peak hours.


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The official cited drivers speeding to make it home for iftar as a primary cause of accidents.

He said: "Due to speeding, they become inattentive to the road and lose control over the vehicle.

Lt Col Al Falasi said 40 traffic patrols were used to bolster safety on main intersections and in residential neighbourhoods.

Patrols were also intensified on roads leading to mosques and near the major mosques in the emirate to ensure a smooth traffic flow and to maintain order in car parks during the Taraweeh prayer.

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