Pedestrians crossing the road from an undesignated spot in Satwa, Dubai. Picture for illustrative purpose only. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: UAE residents have been warned that crossing the street at the wrong place at the wrong time could cost them big time.

The Dubai Police issued a warning on Tuesday, reminding pedestrians not to cross the roads from undesignated places, citing that it not only endangers their life, it can also cost them a lot of money.

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Over 50,000 people are caught jaywalking in a year

Crossing a roadway outside pedestrian lanes is illegal and anyone caught doing so is liable to pay a fine of Dh400. The same amount of fine also applies to pedestrians who ignore traffic lights.

“Crossing roads from undesignated places endangers your life and results in a fine of Dh400,” the police said on Twitter, in an apparent bid to curb accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles.

Jaywalking is a common offence in the UAE and in 2017 alone, at least 50,000 violators were fined by Abu Dhabi Police.

The number of people who got killed while walking or crossing the street went up by 21 per cent last year compared to 2016.

At least 63 individual lost their lives after being struck by vehicles in 2017, compared to 50 a year earlier.