UAE: The Directorate of Traffic and Patrols at Abu Dhabi Police is developing an integrated traffic safety system in a bid to achieve a goal of zero road fatalities by 2030.
Traffic and Patrols Director Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi said there has already been remarkable progress in traffic safety indicators in Abu Dhabi in 2012, compared to 2011 figures, which reflects the successful efforts and plans adopted by the Directorate to achieve the goals of the ”Zero Fatalities Vision 2030”.
“Traffic safety tops government priorities globally, and we, at the Directorate, were keen to launch promising initiatives and programmes that contribute to developing traffic safety and maintaining our human wealth, in line with our esteemed leadership,” he said.
The official further pointed out that in 2012, traffic accidents saw a reduction of 10%, with a further reduction in deaths (19%), and run-over deaths (14%) inspite of an increase in vehicles (6%) and registered drivers (8%).
Al Harthi pointed out that this initiative was based on various key pillars, including continuous follow ups on the best global practices, optimum use for GIS, employing software and artificial intelligence systems to support decision-making and the development of human resources.
The official further explained, “The Smart Traffic System Centre and Traffic Safety Status System launched earlier this year are the first of their kind around the globe.” He also said that the Directorate was keen to develop its human resources to do their job efficiently and deal with future challenges professionally.
“The current edition of the Gulf Traffic Week ”Your Safety Is Our Aim” will witness the launch of four promising initiatives to achieve our vision to tackle the traffic accidents, by targeting different categories of society and motivate them to take responsibility in regards to the traffic safety issues,” he added.
Al Harthi said that the Directorate has started to implement 20 traffic programmes since the beginning of 2013 to raise awareness about traffic safety issues, among the different segments of the society, in order to improve the behaviour of road users and to increase public education and awareness.