The official Dubai Police app recorded around 50 traffic accidents in 20 minutes in Dubai on Monday morning. At 9 a.m., an overview of the emirate’s map showed a swamp of purple icons indicating collisions across the city. (see below) and Khaleej Times counted dozens of fender benders that occurred during rush hour.
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Serious congestion was reported on the city’s main arteries. At the time of publication, Dubai Police had alerted motorists about two major accidents that were causing traffic jams. The first was on Hessa Street, in front of the German Saudi Hospital, towards Sheikh Zayed Road. A collision on the key route had caused a traffic jam; Residents were therefore ordered to use alternative routes.
A second accident on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, opposite International City, heading towards Sharjah, also blocked traffic.
Police shared a video of one of the collisions that occurred at an intersection, in which a 4×4 could be seen colliding with a sedan while making a U-turn. The impact caused the sedan, which appears to have run the traffic light, to skid. a couple of lanes before stopping at the intersection. Video later showed police at the scene, blocking one lane at the intersection, as vehicles were forced to maneuver around the crash site. Look the following video:
Alleviate traffic problems
Several road improvement projects are currently underway across the city to alleviate traffic problems and reduce travel time between emirates.
A new bridge from Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Port was announced on Sunday and is expected to reduce travel time from 12 minutes to three. The 1,500-meter bridge will have two lanes in each direction and will provide free movement to and from Dubai Port.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also recently completed a project to improve traffic flow along a 2 km stretch from the intersection of Algeria and Al Khawaneej Streets (south) to the intersection of Tunis Street ( north) in Al Muhaisnah (1) and Al Mizhar (1).
Dubai Police is preparing to launch a new artificial intelligence-powered system that will make it easier to report traffic accidents. The technique will also determine who was at fault in an accident, saving police time and resources. It will reduce approximately 50% of manual tasks and processes.
The system provides an easy way for drivers to report traffic accidents. When someone is involved in an accident, they can submit the details along with photographs on the Dubai Police app.
More than 35,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phones behind the wheel in the first eight months of 2023. This dangerous practice has caused 99 accidents, resulting in the death of six people and injuries to 58 others, Dubai Police revealed. A fine of Dh800 and four black points will be imposed on drivers caught using their phone on the road.
It was also revealed that eight people were killed and 339 more injured in hit-and-run accidents in 2023, when people crossed roads from undesignated locations.
September last year saw the highest number of jaywalkers stopped by Dubai Police with 4,591, followed by May with 4,252 violations; then October with 4,239; and August at 4,169.
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