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Speeding cases top list of traffic offences

1.12 million speeding tickets issued to violators in Dubai

  • By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 October 24, 2011
  • Gulf News

An Abu Dhabi policeman uses a new radar to spot speedsters
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Dubai: Speeding topped the list of traffic violations in the first nine months of 2011, with over one million offences, according to Dubai Police.

Of the total 1,758,492 tickets issued in this period, speeding offences accounted for 1,128,610, said Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of Dubai Police's Traffic Department.

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The department is studying the reasons for the alarming increase in speeding violations, which account for 85 per cent of all violations, Al Zafein said, adding that the department was implementing awareness campaigns to inform the public about the repercussions of speeding.

"The figures show that some motorists have a passion for speed, combined with carelessness for their safety and that of other drivers," he said. The traffic department will step up its fight against speed and no leniency will be shown to offenders, he added.

Blocking traffic was the second most common offence with 78,931 tickets, followed by not fastening seat belts with 63,931 violations. Tickets issued for stopping in prohibited places reached 60,250, while lane discipline offences by light vehicles totalled 40,038, not leaving a safe distance accounted for 36,344 offences, and tickets issued for reckless driving were 2,053.

A serious violation that saw a drop this year was jumping of red lights, with 12,888 registered, compared to 13,604 in the same period last year, while jaywalking offences reached 32,606 incidents.

Other offences included overtaking on the hard shoulder (2,864, compared to 3,897 last year), while 4,870 people failed to show their driving licences when asked for by police, compared to 4,161 in the same period last year.

Decrease in fatalities

The death and injury index in the first nine months of this year fell compared to the same period last year, with 95 fatalities and 1,381 injuries compared to 122 fatalities and 1,442 injuries last year.

Of the road fatalities, 26 were caused by failure to respect other road users, 12 by sudden swerving, 11 by driving under the influence of alcohol, nine by lane discipline violations, nine by jumping red lights, seven by failure to leave a safe distance and six by speeding.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 13:26 October 24, 2011

    Its great that Dubai police are enforcing speeding restrictions and other infringements like seatbelts, reckless driving & lane changes. I do hope we see the rules applied universally to all residents and nationals alike.

    Mannfred, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:23 October 24, 2011

    Among the traffic offenses, jumping the red light is the one with dramatic decrease. Reason is high amount of fine plus the high black points and impounding of vehicle. To reduce speeding violation, double or triple the current amount of fine. For as long as violators can afford to pay, they wouldn't mind. But once their pockets feel the pain, only then they would reckon. Also consider impounding the vehicles of repetitive violators.

    Reg Cucal, aBU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:16 October 24, 2011

    "The department is studying the reasons for the alarming increase in speeding violations" I'll tell you why, because they keep changing speed limits and placing secret speed cameras in secret spots to catch people speeding. If you're 1km//h above the limit you get caught same as if you're 20 above. The point of speed cameras is for people to know they're there and slow down, it's to remind people that they have to slow down. How do hidden speed cameras help in doing that?! When someone wants to renew their registration & discovers they've been caught at some point a few months ago somewhere, they won't remember why, when and where, so lesson is not learned. Recklessness and speeding are two different things. One can be speeding but driving safely. And one can be going slow yet reckless. It's those who speed and drive recklessly that deserve the punishment. Stop focusing on speeding and focus more on reckless driving.

    Khaled, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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