We hope you had a safe and blessed Ramadan, however the sad fact is that more than 16,000 traffic accident took place over The Holy Month.
The Command and Control Centre at the Dubai Police Operations Department received 349,172 calls during Ramadan and reports 16,420 of crashes on the emirate’s roads.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Abdullah Al Muhairi, Deputy Director of Dubai Police Command and Control Centre, said speeding, especially just before iftar, caused the majority of accidents. Tailgating, lack of attention and serving also contributed to the total.
A police campaign across the Holy Month urged drivers to take care during their daily commute and asked everyone to only call 999 in emergencies.
Campaign group Road Safety UAE has compiled some best practice safety tips we should be following all year round:
- Use public transport wherever possible
- Always ensure you and your passengers are wearing a seatbelt
- Remember safe driving distances, do not tailgate
- If you experience somebody driving aggressively, do not engage in competitive or reactionary behaviour
- Plan your journey ahead, allow extra time to get where you need to go
- Approach crossings and signals carefully, do not jump lights
- Be aware of your surroundings, anticipate movements of pedestrians and cyclists
- Make sure your headlights are switched on for dusk
- Accept that being late is sometimes an inevitability, people will understand, safety is the ultimate priority
- Make use of your indicators, you may be confident of your own driving abilities but you still need to make other motorists aware of your intentions on the road.
- Drive defensively, do not swerve or make sudden lane alterations unless confronted with immediate obstructive danger – always ensure you use your mirrors and check blind spots before moving.
- Be extra careful in the hours leading up to iftar and in morning rush hours.
- Do not drive if you are feeling tired. There are many MUCH safer alternatives.