Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) steps up efforts to raise awareness among road users to reduce the road accident cases in Dubai. As result Pedestrian fatalities noticed a sharp drop to 36 last from 59 cases in 2016.
Constant upgrade of infrastructure and construction of footbridges has also helped to improve pedestrian safety in the city, officials of RTA said.
Dubai currently has 113 footbridges. Last year nine more footbridges were constructed and by 2023 the government has planned to build 167 new footbridges.
The RTA has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) as a part of its awareness initiatives with the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs.
It is an important step towards integrating efforts and sharing expertise with public and private organizations said Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.
She further added that “Our aim is to realise RTA’s traffic awareness strategy and reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths among laborers and pedestrians.”
She discussed that 27 percent of those working in Dubai are laborers. She added “Under the MoU, we will share information related to traffic awareness among workers, and discuss initiatives and events to enhance workers’ traffic awareness. We will focus on measures to curb run-over accidents at hotspots that recorded the highest fatality rates among pedestrians over the past three years such as the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Emirates Road, and Jebel Ali Zone 1.”