Indian drivers top the list of those involved in car accidents — responsible for 29 deaths — followed by Pakistani and UAE drivers.
According to the Dubai Police, road deaths have dropped by more than 10 per cent this year, with police recording 108 deaths till December 12, compared to 120 in the same period last year.
Indian drivers were listed as causing 283 traffic accidents, resulting in 29 deaths and 141 serious injuries.
Pakistani drivers stood second in the list, with 320 traffic accidents that caused 26 deaths and 38 serious injuries, while UAE nationals were involved in 264 traffic accidents that also led to 26 deaths and 40 serious injuries.
Bangladeshis were said to be responsible for 6 deaths and Egyptians caused 4 deaths, the police said.
Of the total deaths so far this year, male drivers were responsible for the vast majority, with 103 deaths, as well as 137 serious injuries. Meanwhile, female drivers caused 128 accidents, four deaths and five serious injuries.
The General Department of Traffic attributed the drop in deaths to the measures taken by the police to protect road users and strict traffic laws, in line with the goal to reach zero road fatalities by 2020.
Colonel Saif Muhair Almazeoui, Deputy Director of the Dubai Traffic Police, said Dubai came fourth globally in terms of drop in death cases caused by traffic accidents, with high death rates in previous years — of as many as 332 deaths in 2007. He said that last year the death rate dropped to 134 deaths, compared to 154 in 2010 and 225 in 2009.
The statistics showed minor drops in total traffic accidents as well. During the first 11 months of 2011, the police registered 2,561 traffic accident compared to 2,390 this year.
Sudden turns rated second in reasons behind accidents, causing 18 deaths this year — compared to 17 last year, meanwhile, not leaving enough space between cars caused 10 fatalities. Entering the road suddenly caused nine deaths, jumping red lights caused seven deaths, while six people died as a result of accidents involving speeding cars, three more were killed from accidents resulting from cars stopping in middle of road, two were killed due to burst tyres, while one was killed as a result of a stray animal.
A major success story is the number of deaths that resulted from alcohol consumption dropped by a remarkable 73 per cent during this year’s first 11 months, causing four deaths compared to last year’s 15.
In Dubai around 1,680 multiple-car collisions took place, leading to the damage of 3,772 vehicles and resulting in the death of 32 people.
There were also 324 accidents where cars hit pedestrians, which led to the death of 41 people and injuring 299 — 36 of them seriously.
Dubai’s danger spots were also revealed by the statistics which showed the most deadly areas were Emirate Ring Road and the Dubai Bypass Road, with 18 people killed during the 11 months of 2012, while six were killed on Shaikh Zayed Road and another four died on Al Ain Road.
Zabeel and Al Khail Road in Jebel Ali recorded three deaths, as did Al Khawaneej Road.