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Dubai Achieves Lowest-Ever Road Fatality Rate in 2023

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police announced that Dubai's road fatality rate fell to 1.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2023, a 93% decrease since 2007 and well below the target of two deaths

Dubai, UAE – July 11, 2024: Dubai has recorded its lowest-ever road fatality rate in 2023, achieving a historic milestone in traffic safety.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police revealed that the road fatality rate dropped to 1.6 deaths per 100,000 people, significantly below the target of two deaths set for last year. This marks a remarkable 93% decrease in the traffic accident fatality rate since 2007.

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The announcement was made during a coordination meeting between the RTA and Dubai Police, where top officials discussed the outcomes of their joint initiatives and future strategies for enhancing road safety. The Dubai Traffic Safety Strategy aims to achieve an ambitious target of reducing road fatalities to zero in the coming years.

Enhanced Traffic Enforcement and Safety Initiatives

The RTA and Dubai Police credited the significant reduction in road fatalities to several enhanced traffic enforcement measures and safety initiatives implemented in 2023.

Over 500,000 violations related to pedestrian crossings, motorcycles, bicycles, and e-scooters were recorded last year, demonstrating the stringent enforcement of traffic laws across the city.

In addition to enforcement, the authorities addressed 29 sites with recurring traffic incidents, implementing targeted measures to reduce accidents in these high-risk areas. The smart management project for public transport drivers was also introduced, focusing on improving driver behavior and safety standards.

Awareness and Inspection Campaigns

Joint traffic awareness and enforcement campaigns played a crucial role in educating the public about road safety. These campaigns targeted various road users, including pedestrians, motorists, and delivery motorcycle riders.

The authorities launched extensive awareness and inspection campaigns for delivery motorcycle riders, a group identified as particularly vulnerable to traffic accidents.

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“The safety of our residents and visitors is our top priority,said an RTA spokesperson.Through our coordinated efforts with Dubai Police, we have made significant strides in reducing road fatalities and enhancing the overall safety of our transportation system.”

The Blue Line Project: Ensuring Safety for Future Commuters

During the meeting, the RTA and Dubai Police also discussed the requirements for ensuring the safety of passengers and assets of the Blue Line project. The Blue Line, set for completion in 2029, will extend 30 kilometers and feature 14 stations.

Connecting with the Red Line at Centrepoint Station and the Green Line at Al Khor Station, the new line is expected to serve nine areas and accommodate 200,000 passengers daily.

“The Blue Line project is a critical component of Dubai’s public transportation network,said a Dubai Police representative.We are committed to ensuring the highest safety standards for all passengers and assets involved in this project.”

Future Road Safety Goals

Looking ahead, the RTA and Dubai Police remain committed to their goal of achieving zero road fatalities. Continued collaboration and the implementation of innovative safety measures will be key to reaching this target.

“Our work does not stop here,emphasized the RTA spokesperson.We will continue to enhance our traffic enforcement strategies, improve infrastructure, and educate the public to ensure the safety of everyone on Dubai’s roads.”

As Dubai continues to grow and develop, the city’s commitment to road safety remains unwavering. The record-low road fatality rate in 2023 is a testament to the effective strategies and collaborative efforts of the RTA and Dubai Police, paving the way for a safer future for all road users in the emirate.

Tariq Saeed

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