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Most pedestrian accidents caused by jaywalking

2,748 fines issued for violations in March

  • By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 April 18, 2012
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A total of 2,748 jaywalkers were fined for crossing the road from undesignated areas in March, while drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings were given 394 tickets, according to the Dubai Police Traffic Department.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, director of the department, said in most cases jaywalkers are to be blamed for accidents involving pedestrians.

Last week, seven pedestrians died when they were run over in the emirate, which Maj Gen Al Zafein said is a very serious situation.

"In every accident, there is a major contributing factor. In the case of accidents involving pedestrians, it is the pedestrian being at the wrong place at the wrong time, which is exactly what they do when they cross the road from an undesignated crossing, especially at night," he said.

Jaywalking accounted for almost 95 per cent of all pedestrian deaths this year, according to Maj Gen Al Zafein.

"In most cases the driver fails to act because the pedestrian appears suddenly and does not give him enough time to stop, and we always study the break marks on the road to determine whether the driver had enough time and distance to act or not," he said.

According to Maj Gen Al Zafein, even if a driver was driving at 60 km/h, he will not be able to stop in time if a pedestrian appears a few metres ahead of him.

Speeding topped the list of all violations with 117,931 exceeding the speed limit by 21 to 30 km/h, 26,185 by 31 to 40 km/h, 7,185 by 41 to 50 km/h, 2,665 by 51 to 60km/h and 1,784 were driving at a speed exceeding the speed limit by over 60km/h.

Some 8,423 were fined for blocking traffic, including 6,829 who were issued tickets in absentia; 5,803 motorists and passengers were fined for failing to wear seat belts, including 4,366 who were issued a ticket in absentia; and 3,890 were fined for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving, including 3,110 who received the ticket in absentia.

Drivers who failed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of them received 4,430 tickets, and 6,806 were issued tickets for parking at prohibited places, including 6,332 fines issued in absentia.

Reversing dangerously made for 2,781 fines, 2,283 for jumping the red light and 1,758 for parking on pavements.

Sudden swerving, one of the top causes of deadly traffic accidents, earned drivers 1,760 fines, entering a road without ensuring it is clear resulted in 1,298 fines, lane discipline violations for light vehicles resulted in 5,286 fines and 2,086 for making a wrong U-turn.

Comments (14)

  1. Added 15:46 April 18, 2012

    Jaywalkers should be fined 1000 AED . They also should be held responsible for any accident causes. I have seen many jaywalkers despite underpass cross and birgdes built still i see most of the people crossing illegally adding drivers as well as his life in danger.

    Anonymous, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:35 April 18, 2012

    I think Zabra crossings should be installed beside every bus stop or near to it, most of the time people cross the roads wildly just to get the bus. And also zebra crossing should be installed after every 750 meters. Its a requirement of a densely populated city of Dubai.

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:24 April 18, 2012

    Unfortunately, there are zebra crossings only at the traffic signals.. No one likes to jump on the road, but the places which are densely populated should be provided with a sub-way or an overhead crossing bridge. Government should build over bridges with collected money in a way to help people back.

    Tarun, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:13 April 18, 2012

    I agree for the cause of accident is mostly in jaywalkers, but in our place in uptown mirdiff, in round about there is a predestrian lane but why cars do not stop, because i think the stop line is not working, please find out the reason why? it is very risky to cross the road.

    Lhen, Up Town Mirdif, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:06 April 18, 2012

    You cannot fine people and the people who live in you country and support your country.... gets happy with your festival.... sorrow with your sad occasions..... obey the rules... still face the unpremeditated law forced timely by uncultured uneducated or understandingly people. Please define proper roadways... proper transport.... proper walkways... proper bridge and underpass............... please stop comparing yourself with Singapore... Europe... or Canada or ever USA..... your climate does not meet their specs.... so please make more underpass... over bridge or walkways... before literary troubling resident of UAE. you may be making millions but yoiu are losing millions hearts............

    shayam, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:52 April 18, 2012

    JAYWAI LKER ............... what kind of bridge do you have for crossing the road?????? see at sharjah the next to LULU centre at al whada road... first it was 1 km upward...... we thought now the new road is comming in 2010 then it will be small.... but to my surprised the underpass is there still the 1 km.... do you want to run a car... ambulance or some sort of transport from this under pass????????? i am staying in abu shagara from last 14 years and saw road gets modified for 3 times. prepare proper underpass life in front of citi centre sharjah... look guys it helps.... be inovative then slapping fines on people... u guys should provide proper facilities before fine people as said JAYWALKERS or drivers

    shayam, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:38 April 18, 2012

    I fully agree with # 1 comment and don't agree with # 2 comment. Pedestrians must first think about their own life. Looking for short cuts putting their life at risk is not excusable. High way, express way are not a place for pedestrians to cross the road. It is prohibitted in other countries.

    John Fernandez, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:36 April 18, 2012

    When i was fined, i asked the police officer at the station how are we suppose to cross the road when there is no zebra cross of over bridge. The answer was walk for 2 KM you will find one. That was rude. last week the news was that they will fine only on roads which are 80KM and above. Amman street is 60 KM, why they are there almost everyday. The nearest zebra cross is 1KM away. There is bus stops on either side. How are people suppose to cross the road.

    MOHAMMED, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:57 April 18, 2012

    Agree, people tend to take short-cuts because the distance of each pedestrian lane is quite far. Especially during summer, hard to walk like 50 meters just to use pedestrian lane. Please be logical also in putting up pedestrian lanes on the roads. Thank you.

    Andi, Dubai, Philippines

  10. Added 12:47 April 18, 2012

    i am a resident of shajah and works in jebel ali. everyday i have to cross amman street (with maximun speed limit of 60km/hr) from the bus stop to get to the other side of the road and walked to al nahda park area. crossing amman street is inevitable because the bus stop is almost half a kilometer from the nearest stop lights on both side. i was once caught crossing the street and my emirates id confiscated and fined 210dh. but this is unfair to us since there is no other way to cross the road except going to the stop lights which is too far from the bus stops. a far as i remember, gulf news published an article that crossing a 60km/hr road is allowed provided that the road is open and that pedestrians take extra caution when crossing. and i think pedestrians are not stupid to cross the street without estimating the safe distance and speed of the approaching car. i would suggest that rta or the police should stricly penalized motorist who is running more that the given speed limit, install a slow down sign, humps, hazzard light or putting a zebra crossing on some bus stops and not imposing such a big fines to pedestrians (who are not all capable of paying the enormous fines) crossing amman street. or everyboby might think that the government is just doing this things as a legal way of collecting hard earned money from residents.

    rafael aldama, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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