Pedestrians become priority in road safety
Feb 10, 2013 (Khaleej Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
UMM AL QUWAIN -- In a bid to cut the number of pedestrians killed and seriously injured on the emirate's roads, the traffic police in Umm Al Quwain launched a safety campaign on Sunday, after five deaths were witnessed last year.
The extensive awareness campaign called 'Pedestrians' safety, our shared responsibility', will run for 20 days.
The main aim of this first-of-its-kind campaign this year is to curb traffic mishaps.
Lt-Col Saeed bin Aran, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department at the UAQ Police, said the official statistics released show that the roads of the emirate saw 20 run-over accidents in 2012.
"These led to the deaths of five people, whereas 15 others sustained several injuries, ranging from serious, moderate, to minor."
Adding, he said the campaign has been initiated in a bid to develop motorists' awareness to responsibly respect pedestrians' safety: "We also want to draw jaywalkers and pedestrians' attention to safely cross the road from assigned areas."
Earlier, the UAQ Traffic and Patrols department of UAQ Police announced that it issued 431 tickets against heavy truck drivers in the emirate.
Major Sultan Abdullah, Head of Investigations and Traffic Control Section, said the violations registered included risky overtaking, failure to fix reflective stickers at the rear, and other offences.
"While 38 tickets were issued against heavy truck drivers for dangerous overtaking, 325 were slapped against others for not abiding by set lanes."
Earlier, Lt-Col Saeed Obaid bin Aran, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department at the UAQ Police Directorate General, told that a driving licence shall be confiscated for three months for hitting or exceeding 24 black points for the first time, as per Article 3 of the traffic law.
"Should the same 24-black-point limit be broken again, the licence must be withdrawn for six months. A one-year confiscation of the licence is slapped in case of the third time break of the black point limit."Lt-Col Bin Aran then noted that the third time, the errant driver needs to pass a training course at an authorised driving school to restore the licence after one year: "In case of temporary licence holders, the driving licence shall be withdrawn for six months if the motorist breaks the 24-black-point limit for the first time."
"The licence shall not be returned until the errant driver clears a training course at an authorised driving school," Lt-Col Bin Aran said, adding that the licence shall be cancelled in case of repetition, and the errant driver may only apply for a new licence a year after cancellation.
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