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Ramadan police patrols stepped up in UAE

Fujairah and RAK police to take to the roads

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 15:39 July 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

Ras Al Khaimah/Fujairah: Police will intensify patrols during Ramadan in a bid to maintain order and prevent traffic accidents, an official at Ras Al Khaimah Police said.

Traffic jams are usually witnessed during Ramadan as people rush home for iftar. Major General Shaikh Taleb Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, has issued instructions to draw up a security plan and increase patrols.

Colonel Abdullah Ali Munkis, director of the Patrol and Traffic Department at RAK Police, said police officers will be working in shifts to ensure optimal staff levels to monitor roads and ensure safety of road users.

He urged members of the public to abide by the speed limit and comply with road safety rules, such as leaving adequate distance between vehicles.

He also said that legal action will be taken against people who hamper traffic flow, particularly near mosques at prayer time.

RAK Police have also intensified inspections across the emirate to crack down on outlets involved in the illegal sale of firecrackers, which people tend to buy during Ramadan and Eid.

“The police are also cracking down on begging,” said Colonel Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Hamidi, Director of Al Shamal police station.

Fujairah Police have also stepped up patrols and will target beggars and reckless motorcyclists.

Colonel Humaid Mohammad Al Yamahi, director-general of Police Operations in Fujairah, said special teams will tackle “professional” beggars and motorcyclists who obstruct roads while performing dangerous stunts.

The extra units will focus on streets near mosques, commercial areas, shopping centres and Ramadan tents.

Colonel Al Yamahi warned residents to beware of professional beggars and not to open their doors to anyone asking for food or help.

The Ministry of Interior earlier issued a warning to residents to beware of beggars trying to exploit the charitable nature of Muslims during Ramadan.

Many were “professional” and not in need of money, Col Al Yamahi said.

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