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Maj Gen Mohammed Saif Al Zaffin, director of the Dubai Police traffic department, said that in the first five months of this year there were 166 accidents with 154 people being injured, 22 seriously.
As many as 15 of these crossings are part of the metro Green Line project and would open with the launch of Dubai Metro’s much-anticipated second line, while the remaining five are bridges being built on roads considered to be pedestrian black spots like Emirates Road, Abu Baker Siddique Road, Rebat Street and Baniyas Street.
THE issue of pedestrian crossings remain thorny in the UAE, and the authorities in Dubai will focus on it for a month as of Sunday, the opening of the Gulf Traffic Week. Concerned that 42 people died from over 300 run-over accidents in Dubai last year, the Roads and Transport Authorities (RTA) have decided to raise full awareness on the issue.