Man dies in car crash, 1 injured.
Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Assistant Director of Police Chief for Operations Affairs at Dubai Police, said on Tuesday the accident happened just after 8pm on Shaikh Zayed Road, under the six-bridge intersection on the way to Sharjah.
He confirmed that both vehicles were travelling in the same direction when one driver suddenly changed lanes without indicating. He said the driver then lost control and crashed into the other car.
"An Arab man [the driver who swerved] died on the spot while an Asian man sustained moderate injures and was taken to hospital."
A police rescue team removed the men from the cars.
A section of the road was closed in both directions for a few hours.
Police said a full report would be sent to the Public Prosecutor.
"I would urge the public to avoid sudden swerving, which is claiming more lives on roads," he added.
Earlier this week, during an event to launch a month-long campaign about the dangers of swerving, Major General Al Zafein revealed the practice claimed the lives of 41 people last year. The police official said the figure was 21 in 2012.
Statistics issued by the Dubai Police Traffic Department showed that swerving suddenly to change lanes topped the list of reasons for deaths on the road. The top three nationalities involved in the practice in 2012 were Emiratis with 64 accidents in which seven people died, Pakistani drivers caused 53 accidents in which three people died, followed by 49 accidents caused by Indians involving three deaths.
"We want to reduce the number of deaths on the road. There will be a huge campaign that will target motorists and the public and the police will mainly use social media to raise public awareness about the dangers of swerving," Major General Al Zafein said.
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