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The Emirate of Abu Dhabi – Successful integration of road safety into existing systems and policies

Road Safety Management, 2014

The authorities in Abu Dhabi have recognized that the number of road deaths and injuries could only be reduced through the pursuit of excellence and an integrated approach to road safety. The initial key target was to reduce the road fatality rate per 100,000 people by 30% from a baseline of 24 in 2008 to 17 by 2021.Fatalities in 2008 were recorded at 375 which further increased to 412 fatalities in 2009.
In 2010 the government set up a multi-agency body comprising the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and other agencies and municipalities within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Robust action in terms of Engineering, Enforcement and Education were planned and implemented by this body resulting in achievement of the 30% target set by the strategy in 4 years instead of 13.