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25,000 Dubai pedestrians penalised for jaywalking

25,000 pedestrians penalised for crossing in non-designated areas

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:20 November 12, 2012
  • Gulf News

The busy Hamdan Street in Abu Dhabi
  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News Archives
  • Last year, 333 pedestrian accidents took place in Dubai roads. Forty-six people died in those accidents.

Dubai: Since the beginning of the year, around 25,000 traffic fines have been issued to pedestrians who cross the roads from non-designated areas, a senior police official told Gulf News.

It is a crime for a pedestrian to cross a road from an inappropriate area, and the offence will attract a fine of Dh200, said Lieutenant Colonel Jamal Al Ameri, head of Public Relations at the Directorate of Traffic and Patrols, qouting the Federal Traffic Law.

“Pedestrians are advised to cross roads from the zebra crossing only or from the pedestrian bridges, otherwise they will face fines,” he said.

Al Ameri said that police have stepped up patrols on the roads and have issued fines to jaywalkers.

Last year, 333 pedestrian accidents took place in Dubai roads and 46 people died in those accidents.

Lieutenant Colonel Hamoud Saeed Ajedan Al Ameri, Director of Deira Police Patrols at the General Traffic Department at Dubai police, told Gulf News that last year 17 pedestrian deaths took place on Deira roads while 14 deaths happened on the Bypass Road. Another 15 deaths took place on Emirates road last year.

“We have this year, a traffic plan to reduce the number of deaths of pedestrians on roads and we have teams of police patrols who are monitoring roads, mainly on those roads which witness large numbers of such deaths,” he said.

Al Ameri said one of the main roads in Deira that witness pedestrian deaths or accidents is Oman Road and Damascus Road and Al Khaleej Road.

“Pedestrian deaths also used to took place on the highways were there are labour accommodations in the area,” he said.

He added that police campaigns to raise the awareness of the public, especially among labourers, have helped in reducing the deaths.

But he warned of blood money payments to families could be affected in cases of pedestrian deaths on the roads.

“In cases of deaths of pedestrians, if investigations have revealed that the traffic accident took place because the pedestrian violated the traffic law, then the court could not sentence the driver to pay blood money to the victims’ family or the amount of blood money will be reduced greatly,” he said.

Al Ameri said Dh200 fines will be given on the spot to offending pedestrians.

“Police will ask for the ID of the offender and will take all their details, the fine will be issued and they will be asked to visit traffic police departments to pay the fine,” he added.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 17:28 November 13, 2012

    My bus stop is on the opposite of the road and we have to walk around 1km to go to signal zebra crossing. I have to walk 1km to reach the bus stop. Is it possible every day i am able to do this? We all know Dubai temperature, for that every bus stop needs a pedestrian bridge to cross the road. In one year 25,000*200 = Dh5,000,000, the collected fine using that how many over bridge they can build.

    Abu, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:17 November 13, 2012

    I feel that there should be barricades put in between the road to prevent the crossinbg rather than fining.

    Lessly, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:01 November 13, 2012

    install more overhead bridges and short distance zebra crossing, as in the heat where the sun is at 48 degrees people tend to find more short cuts to cross the road.

    AHAMED, AL QUOZ, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:34 November 13, 2012

    it's not realistic to walk long distance in peak summer. authorities should install more zebra crossings or fence up with barriers for people who are not aware. They should give leaflets to those who cross first time instead of charging them fine.

    tommyboy, london, United Kingdom

  5. Added 14:03 November 13, 2012

    It is a good measure to keep the pedestrians from crossing roads and endangering their own lives and the fate of the dirver. At the same time, there is a lack of sufficient road crossings. I suggest, the best place to errect Pedestrian crossing overhead bridge is always between two bus stops. And at the cross roads square overhead bridges will prove very useful. These overhead bridges will also generate revenue to the RTA interms of advertisement space both outside and inside and pedestrians can safely cross the roads under shade and cool overhead walkways. Also the same way plain dress policemen should be stationed at the zebra crossing to catch and fine the motorists who do not give way to pedestrians. In many cases motorists ignore pedestrians right to cross the road at designated ZEBRA crossing. It is really appreciated that the authorities are working hard to provide safety and security of the residents

    SYED J. HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:50 November 13, 2012

    About this jaywaliking, can we also, as residents take a photo of those who are jaywalking? is there any traffic law for those in bicycles? most of the times they are honking and driving past the regular walkers as if we must give way to them because they are riding a bike? and sometimes they are crossing the other end of the street in a same row, as if they are in a racing tournament, not giving way to pedestrians who also want to cross the street.

    DIvina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:49 November 13, 2012

    I would like to see some fines for the drivers that do not stop their cars at zebra crossings when someone is trying to cross the road. Everything is always for the pedestrian, not for the drivers.

    Ed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:00 November 13, 2012

    If the intention is to reduce the number of traffic violators crossing the road, why not put up a fence or something similar just like how it is done in Clock Tower Road, Deira. Why does everything have to be done through fine system? I’m sure there will be violators who will cross the roads when they do not find the designated police and moreover, there are limitations to how much a police can fine all violators. Building fences will solve the issue completely, I feel.

    Aparna, Bala, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:40 November 13, 2012

    Some people would like to cross the street rather than using the underpasses. A lot of underpasses in Abu Dhabi do not have lights when you enter and going out from the underpass. I don't know if the cameras are working either for security reasons. Some said that they rather pay the Dh200 than to risk themselves being dragged by bad elements in the dark underpasses. I just wish that they will do something about it.

    Anonymous, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:13 November 13, 2012

    I respect the effort the authorities are trying to put in to protect pedestrians. However, they should also fine cars that do not stop at zebra crossings. It's very rare that a driver gives way to pedestrians on zebra crossings. Sometimes drivers even drive through when the lights are yellow/red, endangering pedestrians crossing from signals.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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