Road deaths decline by a third in Ajman as 160 lose licences due to bad driving

Improved traffic flow and increased awareness of road safety helped to reduce number of accidents during 2020, police say

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The number of deaths on the roads of Ajman fell by a third in 2020.

Ten people died in traffic accidents in the emirate last year, down from 15 in 2019.

Ajman Police recorded a sharp drop in minor accidents, from 36,613 in 2019 to 29,744 a year on.

There was also a welcome reduction in incidents involving pedestrians being hit by cars during the 12 month period, down 44 per cent from 79 in 2019 to 44 the following year.

A senior police officer said efforts to boost road safety awareness and utilise technology in traffic initiatives had played a part in make the emirate a safer place to drive.

More than 160 motorists lost their licences due to reckless driving last year, police said.

“We owe these achievements to the intensified efforts of Ajman police to increase awareness, strengthen road safety, launch numerous initiatives, and utilise artificial intelligence,” said Brig Gen Khalid Al Nuaimi, deputy director general of police operations at Ajman Police.

“Constant co-ordination with Ajman Municipality to open new bridges that help maintain a smooth traffic flow has also helped bring the number of accidents down.”

The main cause of accidents included motorists failing to keep a safe distance from other vehicles and a lack of care and attention when behind the wheel.