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Dubai: 2 children killed and 45 injured in road accidents in the last 10 months – News

Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

Two children were killed while 45 others were injured in traffic incidents in Dubai over the past ten months, Dubai Police said on Tuesday. The authority revealed the data when launching a child safety campaign, which aims to educate parents about the importance of using child seats to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths.

Providing detailed information on traffic incidents involving children, Major General Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of the General Traffic Department of Dubai Police, said there were a total of 47 accidents. Tragically, two children lost their lives, while 45 others suffered injuries of varying severity, including one classified as serious, 19 of medium severity and 25 as minor injuries.

With the launch of the “Child seat, safety and serenity” campaign, Al Mazroui stressed that the safety of children from all dangers is an absolute priority. He asked parents to provide child seats in the back of cars to ensure the safety of children on the move. He noted that leaving or holding a child in the front seat while driving is a dangerous and illegal practice that endangers the life and safety of the child.

Al Mazroui pointed out that allowing a child under ten years old or shorter than 145 cm to sit in the front seat is against traffic laws and is punishable by a fine of Dh400 due to the risk it poses to the child. . A sudden stop or traffic accident could cause the child to be thrown forward and collide with the interior of the vehicle or be ejected in the event of a strong impact or the vehicle overturning.

Dubai Police would raise awareness among the community about the proper use of seats to ensure the safety of everyone in the vehicle, choosing the right type of seat for the age of the child and the correct way to install it. The General Department of Traffic will also distribute free child seats to parents in various regions of the emirate during the campaign.



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