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Most fatalities in Ras Al Khaimah due to run-over accidents.

A police source said that the northern emirate saw 59 run-over accidents during the period from January 1 to October 31 this year.

Run-over accidents have been blamed for most of the casualties reported in Ras Al Khaimah in the first nine months of the year.

A police source told Khaleej Times that the northern emirate saw 59 run-over accidents during the period from January 1 to October 31 this year.

"These accidents have taken the lives of 18 people from different nationalities, mostly Asians, and injured 34 others."

The number of run-over accidents in particular has grown even bigger in the last three months, he added. "While 27 people received moderate injuries in these accidents, four were seriously wounded, and three sustained minor injuries."

Elaborating, he said the reasons identified behind these accidents were many. "Crossing the road from non-pedestrian areas, exceeding speed limit, and inattentive driving were some of the reasons registered."

All the parties concerned need to help put an end to or at least decrease this hazard, he affirmed. "The official reports of the Traffic Engineering Section of the Traffic and Patrols Department, RAK Police, pointed out some of the accident prone areas that had witnessed the most dangerous run-over accidents." On top of the list were Al Gasidat area and Al Muntasir Road in the direction of Julphar area, he warned. "Such hot spots will be urgently handled in collaboration with the RAK Department of Public Works and Services, and the Planning and Survey Department of the RAK Municipality to curb traffic accidents."

More traffic patrols shall be deployed across the internal roads and highways of the emirate, he stated. "Fixed and mobile speeding cameras will be used, particularly at the accident prone areas from where the maximum number of run-over accidents have been reported."

Recently, a young Asian man succumbed to his injuries after a car ran over him while he was crossing Al Muntasir Road. The accident was blamed on the victim who was crossing the road from a non-pedestrian area. "With a recent spate of run-over accidents reported, pedestrians need to abide by traffic rules, make sure the road is clear, and cross the road from the designated zebra crossing only or foot overbridges for their safety and other road users'."

Motorists are also urged to be more focused on the road, observe speed limit on both internal roads and highways. "Reckless driving, speeding and racing are some of the major reasons to blame for run-over accidents."

Official statistics show that run-over and overturn traffic accidents constituted 64 percent of the deadly and most hazardous mishaps registered on the roads of the emirate last year. "As many as 27 people were killed and 98 others sustained various injuries in run-over and overturn accidents here in 2013."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Nov 2, 2014
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