DUBAI - The Dubai Police on Thursday launched once again the ‘Speed Kills’ campaign which aims to reduce road fatalities in the emirate.
During the campaign which will continue for 37 days, the police will intensify patrolling, especially on roads that witness a high rate of fatal accidents, particularly highways . The police aim to increase awareness among the public, as lectures and seminars will be organised at government and private schools and other institutions.
Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Director of the General Department of Traffic, said the ‘Speed Kills’ campaign, which was carried out several times in the past by the police, had reduced death rate in road accidents by 50 per cent.
The police have installed radars in various parts of the emirate to catch motorists who flout traffic rules. The speed radars had found 201 motorists exceeding the speed limit by more than 60kph during the last campaign held this year. Maj-Gen Al Zafin said during the campaign, the police would take strict action against law violators. The drivers who are found to be committing offences like speeding would be stopped and their vehicles impounded for 30 days. The drivers would be fined Dh1,000 and 12 black points would be recorded against their names.
“The Dubai Police have chalked out a strategy to reduce traffic accidents to zero per 100,000 population by 2020. I recommend reducing the speed limits on some roads and start fining people if they go beyond 110 kph instead of 120kph on roads where the speed limit is 100 kph. I also recommend that fastening the seat belts must be made mandatory for passengers sitting in the back seats also,” Maj-Gen Al Zafin said.
Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police who attended the luncheon held to announce the campaign, said, “Speed is the most dangerous factor that causes deaths and we have to educate people, especially youth, about the harmful effects of speeding.
“People can protect the lives of them as well as others, as speeding is a personal choice. People can avoid accidents by choosing to reduce speed.”