Elderly Fujairah driver hits pedestrian after failing to stop at crossing

Pedestrian was taken to hospital with moderate injuries, police said

Fujariah Police said the safety of pedestrians is a shared responsibility among all road users. The National
Fujariah Police said the safety of pedestrians is a shared responsibility among all road users. The National

A man required hospital treatment after being hit by a car while using a pedestrian crossing in Fujairah.

The Emirati, 55, suffered moderate injuries in the incident on Monday.

He was walking on a designated crossing opposite the emirate's vegetable market when he was struck.

Police said the Emirati driver, 72, will be prosecuted after failing to give priority to the pedestrian.

The force called on drivers to accept the "shared responsibility" of making the emirate's roads safer by abiding by traffic rules.

“Our operations room received a report about the incident on Monday following which patrols and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene,” said Col Saleh Al-Dhanhani, director of traffic at Fujairah Police.

“Speeding, failing to pay attention to the road and to pedestrians’ crossing zones are the main causes of run overs.

“The safety of pedestrians including the elderly and children is a shared responsibility between all road users.”

Official figures showed 32 people were hit by cars in Fujairah last year, down slightly from 33 in 2019.

Statistics revealed 10,135 accidents occurred on the emirate's roads last year, resulting in six deaths and 157 injuries.

These include 146 crashes and 165 incidents of vehicles hitting animals.

Updated: May 19, 2021 01:41 PM

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