Run-overs account for 18% of traffic accidents last year

Eighteen per cent of traffic accidents last year were run-over accidents, Abu Dhabi police have said.

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ABU DHABI // Run-over accidents accounted for 18 per cent of traffic accidents last year, Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate said on Saturday.

These accidents were caused by lack of consideration for road users (47 per cent), not giving priority to pedestrians (23 per cent) and speeding without taking road conditions into account (8 per cent). Other causes included negligence and inattention (6 per cent) and backing up without making sure that the way is clear (6 per cent).

Col Hamad Al Ameri, head of the traffic department at the directorate, said that efforts are being stepped up to minimise the causes of run-over accidents as well as increase motorists’ compliance with traffic laws and regulations and encourage them to drive slowly and give priority to pedestrians, especially in populated regions, market places and industrial areas.

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