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Good roads lead to more accidents in UAE, say experts

The good condition of roads and motorways is making them more dangerous, road-safety experts say.

The Government has made great improvements to the country’s roads, they say, but that has encouraged speeding and related bad habits.

“Negative results of tailgating, distracted driving and abrupt lane changes at high speeds can be devastating,” said Michael Dreznes, vice president of the International Road Federation.

Thomas Edelmann, founder of Road Safety UAE, said drivers must now play their role in ensuring everyone travelled safely.

“The UAE authorities are doing their part to make our roads safer and more efficient,” Mr Edelmann said. “It is now the turn of the country’s drivers to fulfil their end of the bargain.”

The warnings come as a YouGov survey of 1,003 residents found 56 per cent said driving had become more dangerous in the past six months, even as 79 per cent thought the condition of roads had improved.

The findings came as little surprise to Adnan Khalil, 29, a motorsports enthusiast in Dubai who owns a modified car.

He said building and widening existing roads meant more people driving – and driving faster.

“Roads have improved in recent years, with the number of lanes increasing to five or six,” Mr Khalil said. “Five or six roundabouts on Al Khail Road were removed, resulting in smooth traffic flow.

 

 

 

 

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