(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Despite the increased penalties introduced by the amended Federal Traffic Law this year, some drivers insist on ignoring the regulations meant to keep road users safe.
Up to 379 drivers have intentionally jumped red traffic lights in Ras Al Khaimah in just three months.
As per the amended traffic law, implemented in July 2017, jumping the red light will lead to vehicle confiscation for 30 days, along with a fine of Dh1,000 and 12 black points on the licence. The earlier penalty for the same offence was a 15-day impoundment period, Dh800 fine, and 8 black points.
Col Ali Saeed Al Alkeem, director of the traffic and patrols department of RAK police, said some drivers turn a blind eye to traffic laws, disregarding the possible grave consequences.
"Though 379 drivers broke the red light here in the last three months - July to September - official figures also reflect a significant drop of 62 per cent in this serious violation in 2017's third quarter, compared to 1,018 in the same period last year.
"The reported drop is due to the RAK Police's tireless efforts to spread awareness in the entire community, intensified inspection campaigns and numerous radars covering the entire emirate."
The repeated awareness campaigns by the traffic and patrols department target all segments of society - men and women, old and young, locals and expats. "We use all possible channels of communication, including social media, official websites and accounts, and mass media."
The remarkable drop has increased the positive indicators of the traffic situation in the emirate, he added. Sticking to the speed limit on all internal roads and highways is mandatory, he underlined. "Road signs show the due speed limit in every direction."
Ahmed Shaaban Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.
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