(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) 30-day campaign themed ?Their Safety Our Concern? launched
UAQ traffic police officers distributing brochures to a motorist. — Supplied photos
About 60 motorists driving well over 200kmph have been flagged by the cameras installed by the Traffic and Patrols Department of Umm Al Quwain Police this year thus far.
As per official statistics, Emirati motorists are responsible for about 55 per cent of the traffic accidents registered in the northern emirate last year, and most of these mishaps were due to speeding and racing.
A senior officer here said speeding has proved to be one of the main reasons behind deadly accidents — not just for motorists but also for road users.
Lt-Col Saeed Obaid bin Aran, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department of the UAQ Police Directorate General, said they have launched a 30-day campaign under the theme ‘Their Safety Our Concern’ targeting all segments of the society for protecting young children while going or returning from school or crossing the road at crowded areas.
“Motorists are urged to abide by the set speed limit on internal roadsand highways of the emirate, always fasten seat belts, be more cautious on the road, and use hands-free phone while driving.” He warned that racing draws a fine of Dh2,000, 12 black points, and 30-day impoundment while exceeding speed limit by more than 60kmph is punishable by a fine of Dh1,000, 12 black points, and 30-day impoundment.
“A fine of Dh900 and six black points are imposed when exceeding speed limit by less than 60kmph.”
As per Article 3 of the Federal Traffic Law, fines of Dh800, Dh700, Dh600, Dh500, or Dh400 are imposed on any motorist who exceeds the maximum speed limit by not more than 50kmph, 40kmph, 30kmph, 20kmph or 10kmph respectively. “A driving license shall be confiscated for three months for hitting or exceeding 24 black points for the first time. Should the same 24-black-point limit be broken again, the license will withdrawn for six months. A one-year confiscation of the license is slapped in case of the third-time violation of the black point limit. The third time errant driver needs to pass a training course at an authorised driving school to restore the license after one year,” he added.