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Women are better drivers on Dubai Roads

18 October 2019

Dubai government typically has a liberal policy in offering driving license to both men and women drivers. New statistics shared by Dubai Police reveals a significant drop in the number of road accidents caused by female drivers. This figure contradicts the old myth that says, women drive worse on the roads than compared with men. According to the latest report published on Thursday, accidents caused by female drivers reduced by 66.6 per cent. Dubai Police confirmed the comparison is made between 2018 and 2019 recorded data from 1st Jan to 30th Sep.

Dubai Traffic Department director, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui confirmed that in 2019 around 91 traffic accidents were caused by the female drivers against 120 in 2018. The reported numbers of dead and injured in 2019 were 3 and 129, which were 9 and 182 in 2018. Another published statistics states that female drivers caused only 9.4 per cent of total road accidents in 2019.

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Dubai Police said men drive dangerously on the Dubai roads. They Over-speed, perform dangerous stunts on roads and drive recklessly, which causes road accidents. Female drivers, on the other hand, get distracted while driving for multiple reasons. The UAE Ministry of Interior already laid a traffic law for all female drivers. It states that if they are caught applying makeup or brushing their hair while driving, the fine is Dh800. Additional four black points are levied on the driver’s license.

The Ministry of Interior, UAE published another insightful report in August about road traffic deaths and traffic accidents. There is a considerable fall of 34.2 per cent in the last five years which is a healthy sign of the increasing road safety. In 2014 the figure was 712 but in 2018 it is 468. Traffic accidents in 2014 were 4,895 which is 3,712 in 2018. This is a 24.1 per cent drop as compared between these two periods.

Speaking about traffic safety, the ministry informed that the UAE already achieved the highest safety standards for roads. This can be advocated with the reducing number of traffic accidents and deaths. They are aggressively taking big strides to meet the targeted national index figure of reducing mortality to three per 100,000 by 2021.

Davies Krish

With a background in journalism and news reporting, Davies enjoys finding surprises and unusual sights in some of Middle East's most well-traveled destinations.

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