A holistic approach for assessing traffic safety in the United Arab Emirates

Mohammad Nurul Hassan, Yaser E. Hawas, Munjed A. Maraqa

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Abstract

Traffic accident and fatality rates can be utilized as indicators of traffic safety, but cannot reflect the overall status of traffic safety in a country. This paper uses a holistic perspective approach to investigate traffic safety in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Initially, 12 potential items were selected to investigate the issue of traffic safety in the country. The investigation included data collection and analyses from official police reports, survey among road-users and interview of traffic safety experts. Based on data analysis and interpretation, the main factors affecting traffic safety in the UAE along with their level of deficiency were identified. The study revealed that the main factors contributing to traffic safety in the UAE are driving behaviour, awareness, education and training, infrastructure, vehicle, law enforcement, coordination and quality of resources. Among these factors, a major deficiency was found in the "driving behaviour", a minor deficiency in "vehicle safety", and a moderate deficiency in the others. Based on the deficiency level of the factors recommendations were proposed to improve the status of traffic safety in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-564
Number of pages11
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Holistic approach
  • Traffic accidents
  • Traffic safety
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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