UAE | Traffic and Transport
Dubai residents cry foul over jaywalking fines by policemen in plainclothes
Offences should be part of an awareness campaign to help residents know the law
Bravo & thank you to the Dubaiauthorities! How many times have i had to slam on my brakes and swerve, nearly causing auto accidents to avoid pedestrians crossing Al Khail Road, Emirates Road, other busy thoroughfares? These people are literally taking their lives in their hands and are a danger to the public. I agree that more crosswalks and pedestrian overpasses need to be introduced, but until that time, pedestrians need to go to recognized - and SAFE - places to cross the road!
twistedtory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Excellent this is the way to teach the law
waseem, dubai, Pakistan
RTA need to install signs and proper crossing options before they start putting fines. Even the police man who issues the fine hops across the road to get to his car and issue the ticket.
L J Lopez, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
My friend was also fined while crossing over from Day to Day Karama to the bus stop on the other side of the road. It would take much longer to go to the signal and again walk back and especially in this hot summer season its very hard to do so. The most offensive thing is that in the footpath between roads there are some portions of the footpath that are not fenced, so naturally the public assumes that it is meant for us to use to cross over to the other side of the road. But there are no pedestrian crossing signs ie zebra crossing signs on those portions of roads that lead to the footpath and in Karama specially such portions of footpath lead directly to a bus stop like the one opposite Day to Day and Karama Centre. So naturally people will use this shortcut to cross the road rather than walking to the signal and again walking the same distance back to the bus stop. I feel the RTA must identify such locations of roads and bus stops and provide pedestrian crossing signs on the roads. Also near New West Zone supermarket in Karma near the GPO there is a footbridge that was built years before, and till now the lift in the footbridge is not functional. So again people jaywalk across that road and some get fined. Young people may be able to climb the stairs of the footbridge but in case of those having leg problems/old they cannot and would just directly cross the road, especially in this summer season since the footbrige is not airconditioned. It would be better if the authorities take a note on such issues and have proper arrangements in place before they start to check for violations, because the police who fines is never ready to listen to what you have to say.Awareness must be brought about in a postive sense for people to imbibe it and not in the way of fines.
ancy, karama dubai, United Arab Emirates
Instead of fining people the authorities should place "Do Not Cross" sign boards in areas they feel can be dangerous for pedestrians or implement road humps to slow down the traffic, especially in residential areas such as Karama /Bur Dubai, etc...
Stephen, Dubai, India
The rules and regulations were built to obey, but there are certain areas where there is no pedestrian signal/ bridge. So people who are in great hurry, due to any reason, they are used to go for this. I myself was fined. But it is a kind request to concerned authorities that plz make something for pedestrian who are suffering a lot during the busy hrs.
Joy, dubai, United Arab Emirates
authorities should not only publish campaign in the daily newspapers but also use some advertising materials to increase awareness. let them place on each road where it is visibly seen. close all the gap in between the road anyway that is not mean for crossing, that way people will eventually use the pedestrian.
L.D., RAK, Philippines
We would like to have a pedestrian crossing on DOHA ROAD hear emirates driving institute, QUSAIS 1, I am travelling by bus regularly and find it very difficult to cross the road. I hope RTA will do something about this instead of just imposing fine, I have seen children, pregnant woman find great difficulty to cross the road. WE NEED A PEDESTRIAN SIGNAL URGENTLY......
rita, dubai, United Arab Emirates
I am not saying that this system is bad but in my opinion the police must focused on those reckless and ignorant drivers who are always felling they are the king of the roads. Practically, these pedestrians are for sure are having a normal life and having a low to medium monthly salary and the police having a tough time dealing with them compare to those reckless drivers driving luxury cars who doesn't care and dont know the meaning of LIFE...
Voltaire, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Same problem with me as well i paid the fine Police should stop me before crossing they just waiting to for us to cross the Road what i feel is police collecting the fine to Build the bridge otherwise they stop me before cross or any warnning should be given in front of Karama Centre
Sureshi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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