At least 160 killed in Road Accidents in Abu Dhabi in 2000
At least 160 people were killed and more than 3,000 other were injured in road accidents in the Emirati city of Abu Dhabi last year, reported the Gulf News daily, citing an official report.
The Department of Traffic and Licensing statistics revealed an increase of about 15 percent in road accidents last year over 1999, said the paper.
The number of accidents rose from 2,187 in 1999 to 2,514 last year, said the report.
The figures also show an increase in both fatalities and injuries. Fatalities last year rose by 12.6 percent to 160 deaths from 142 in 1999.
According to the report, forty-six pedestrians were killed, and 26 people died when their vehicles overturned.
The traffic department said 1,062 accidents were caused by poor judgement of distance by the driver: 203 were caused by speeding, 377 by not observing lane rules, and 258 by running the red light, said the paper.
The monthly average number of accidents in 1999, added the report, was 182, while in 1998 it reached only 164 -- Albawaba.com