The Studies Directorate of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi will organize on Sunday October 14, at Hilton Hotel Abu Dhabi a workshop titled: Traffic Accidents: Causes and Solutions, with the participation of Traffic and Patrols Department, Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department, Abu Dhabi Police Operations of the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Department of Transport , Abu Dhabi Municipality, Emirates Transport, Saaed Company and a number of insurance companies.
The Studies Directorate will present to the workshop a summary of a study conducted on traffic accidents in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. A presentation by Traffic and Patrols Department will follow to highlight the steps and measures solutions taken to reduce traffic accidents, and the society role in efforts exerted. Other participating entities will enrich the discussion in their areas of competence, with aim of formulating recommendations and final decisions to be submitted to decision-makers.
This workshop comes in line with the interest of the Government of Abu Dhabi, to reduce traffic accidents, and their consequential damage on human and material resources, in view of traffic accidents and impacts witnessed in UAE in general and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular, where most of the victims were young people on whom the State depends in its process of development and progress consistent with the aspirations of the Economic Vision 2030. Statistics on traffic accidents shows that thousands of innocent victims were mostly young people, at working age; an issue which has great economic and social effects. At the local level, the efforts of Emirate of Abu Dhabi included the construction of modern road networks with international specifications and standard, in addition to active participation in enactment of many Federal traffic laws, notably the Federal Law No. 21 of 1995, which was amended vide the Federal Law No. 12 of 2007.
The workshop will shed light on the findings of a study prepared by the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi on reasons behind the high number of accidents in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and implications on economic and social development. Recommendations will expectedly suggest remedial actions to deal with this problem. The pilot exploratory study was based on an opinion poll approach meant to furnish researchers wide variety of information and data necessary to answer questions and identify the multiple perspectives in the community, in order to draw conclusions and recommendations, to aid policy and decision makers.
The Studies Directorate will review the causes of traffic accidents, according to data issued by official concerned entities, in addition to the statistical analysis, of explored community views derived from the opinion polls questionnaire prepared for this purpose, and results of analysis, with emphasis on social and economic implications of traffic accidents.
Traffic accidents is an issue of crucial importance in many countries around the world, where the World Health Organization pointed out that most of the injuries caused by road accidents, lead to death, and represent the main cause of death among young people between the age of 10 and 24 years. The World Health Organization report Youth and Road Safety emphasizes that about 400.000 young people under the age of twenty are killed in road accidents every year. The number of deaths resulting daily in the world from traffic accidents is estimated at about 3000, while the annual figure reaches 1.1 million people. Those injured in traffic incidents amounted nearly to 50 million people, ranging between minor injuries, medium and severe. According to WHO reports of the, the figures are expected to increase by 65% during the next twenty years, if the trend continues at the current rate, and if effective measures would be taken be to limit such incidents. The cost of traffic accidents in the Middle East is estimated at about $7.4 billion annually.