According to the Dubai Police, Three drivers were killed, and 34 others got injured in 47 different traffic accidents during the initial ten days of Ramadan in Dubai.
The numbers are up from last year when one death and 23 people were reported injured in 2 accidents during the same time period.
The Director of the General Directorate of Traffic at Dubai Police, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, said that most of these accidents took place due to severe violations of traffic rules, including speeding, reckless driving, overtaking dangerously, not leaving an adequate distance between vehicles, driving when tired, and not adhering to the lane discipline. He also highlighted that the violations were linked to the pressures of fasting.
Officials have also asked motorists to follow by the traffic rules, especially during the sacred month of Ramadan and must show restraint and patience during the hours just before Iftar.
As part of a campaign of Dubai Police, ‘An Accident-Free Ramadan’, officers have distributed 63,800 Iftar meals during the initial ten days of Ramadan to raise awareness among motorists regarding safe driving. The motorists who are fasting received the meals during sunset before the Al-Maghrib prayer.
The Director of the Command and Control Centre in the General Department of Operations at Dubai Police, Colonel Turki bin Faris, said, 2,569 traffic reports and 158,380 calls were reported on the emergency number (999), and another 21,865 calls through the (901) call centre during the first ten days of Ramadan.
He further added that the (901) call centre in the General Department of Operations have also received 2,456 emails and 2,917 inquiries through the ‘live chat’ service
He added that the (901) call centre in the General Department of Operations also handled 2,456 emails and 2,917 inquiries through the ‘live chat service available at the Dubai Police website.
Bin Faris advised the public to contact Dubai Police through the emergency number (999) or the ‘SOS’ service via Dubai Police App in case of any emergency.