UAE traffic: Accidents around Dubai lead to delays

Motorists advised to drive with caution after a spate of collisions


The speed limit on Emirates Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Dubai is to be reduced.

Dubai Police and the Roads and Transport Authority said the limit was to fall from 120kph to 110kph to improve safety.

Speed cameras will be reset to trigger at 131kph, they said.

Emirates Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road are the most dangerous in Dubai. Last year, 51 people died in accidents on the two motorways - 33 on the latter and 18 on the former.

The speed reduction was announced after a meeting between the RTA and Dubai Police to increase road safety and both said the decision was made due to the number of fatal accidents on the two roads.

They also agreed to launch campaigns to monitor lorries and report any safety violators.

Lt Col Omar Ashour, director of traffic investigation at Al Rashidiya Police Station, said Emirates Road was one of the five most-dangerous in Dubai.

"A total of 10 deaths were reported in Dubai over the past two months, five of which occurred on the Emirates Road," he said.

Lt Col Ashour said a total of 44,826 traffic violations occurred last year in Al Rashidiya’s jurisdiction, compared to 53,148 in 2015. Seventy-five of last year’s violations were for driving under the influence of alcohol. Some 995 vehicles were seized in the same period.

Al Rashidiya Police Station covers Midrif, northern parts of Emirates Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Dubai, Al Warqa, Al Twar, Umm Ramool and Nad Al Hamar.

He also said 12 new speed cameras would be installed in the area.

Maj Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said: "These coordinative meetings of the RTA and Dubai Police are of huge benefit to the emirate and our joint business. They enable the realisation of the common objectives of providing security, tranquility and happiness to the public."

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Five accidents were reported before 9am in Dubai this morning:

- E88 Al Dhaid Road after the intersection with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, near SAIF Zone towards E611 Emirates Road: motorists have been warned to watch out for congestion build up.

- S116 Maliha Road towards E611 – Emirates Road: accident reported an hour ago, drivers have been advised to drive with caution.

- E66 Dubai-Al Ain Road, after Academic City exit towards Dubai – another accident, please drive with caution.

- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road opposite JVT approaching DIP interchange towards Abu Dhabi – accident, again motorists must drive with caution.

- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, after Ministry of Health building towards Abu Dhabi – accident adding to morning rush hour congestion.

- Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road opposite Global Village towards Sharjah – accident, motorists have been requested not to rubberneck


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