01/14/2018

Number of road deaths decrease by 25.7% in Dubai

The total number of serious cases reported to the police fell by 15 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2016.

 

Dubai: KHALEEJ TIMES, Staff Reporter

14 January 2018    

The number of traffic deaths on Dubai roads has decreased by 25.7 per cent in 2017, according to a top official of the Dubai Police.

(Picture by Dubai Traffic Police)

Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police, said this was due to the seven traffic awareness campaigns carried out by the police throughout the year. The awareness campaigns highlighted the dangers of speeding, the need to keep adequate distance between vehicles, and hazards of sudden swerving, among others.

Maj-Gen Al Marri said that 20,000 publications on traffic safety were distributed to 38,554 people. Additionally, the police hosted 99 lectures that were attended by 69,897 motorists.

Highlighting other achievements of the police, he noted that the total number of serious cases reported to the police fell by 15 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2016.

Maj-Gen Al Marri lauded the efforts of the General Directorate for Drug Control to increase the seizure of illegal drugs - 8.4 per cent increase in 2017 as compared to the previous year. The total number of drug-related cases last year was 1,742 as compared to 1607 the previous year. The number of those arrested in drug-related crimes also increased by 20.3 per cent - 2,121 in 2016 to 2,553 in 2017.

He said the volume of drugs seized was up by 7.1 per cent - 343kg in 2017 as compared to 320kg in 2016.

A centre to prevent crimes
Maj-Gen Al Marri announced that the Dubai Police's first centre for crime analysis and forensics uses "cutting-edge technologies to achieve the best methods of combating crimes". The centre has 19 smart programmes that will not only help analyse crimes in Dubai but also find solutions to prevent and reduce crimes.

The criminal evidence and criminology department was consulted in solving 35,408 cases reported to the police, of which 3,099 were from other emirates. The department also attended to 1,148 criminal sites to collect and analyse evidence.

Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police for criminal investigation, said the centre was established in April 2017. "The centre has been helping different police departments reduce crimes and criminal cases. It has also raised the ability of the drug control department to seize drugs and protect the community."

He added that the Dubai Police's call centre received 3.33 million calls on 999, and 978,990 its non-emergency number 901 last year. The first intelligent police station in the world at the City Walk processed 864 transactions since its launch last year. Additionally, the police signed 41 memorandums of understanding with various strategic partners to achieve its strategic targets.

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