Dubai Police crack down on firecrackers

During the Ramadan drive against firecrackers, Dubai Police have seized 733 cartons from warehouses and shops.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Sat 26 Jul 2014, 12:35 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:57 AM

Colonel Abdulla Al Ghaithy, Director of General Department of Emergency, said the crackdown will continue as firecrackers have a history of causing fires and burn injuries, especially to children.

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The Dubai Police have called on people not to leave their children unattended and urged them to focus on driving while accompanying their families. The police also warned people against playing with firecrackers.

Maj-Gen Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation, said the Dubai Police have directed security officials to take all precautions. He called on those sailing to be careful and to be aware of the weather conditions before venturing out. He urged them to inform the operations room on mobile 6095555 about the locations so that the police can act in case of an emergency. He also warned swimmers in Jumeirah and Al Mamzar beaches to be careful.

Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, acting Director of Dubai Police’s General Department of Traffic, said people should also avoid speeding, especially in accident-prone areas in crowded places. Be more careful and don’t rev up while driving in residential areas, especially near mosques which will be more crowded on the last days of Ramadan and during Eid. This is Dubai Police’s message to the people.

The General Department of Traffic has deployed controllers to supervise traffic, especially in accident-prone roads, and intensifed highway patrols.

Col Al Mazroui urged motorists to refrain from reckless driving or overtaking on hard shoulders. They should report traffic violations to 800 4353. He also asked parents to look after their children and not allow them to cross roads in crowded areas on their own. On the first day of Eid, the General Department of Traffic will distribute greeting cards among motorists.

The first two weeks of Ramadan saw 30 moderate to severe accidents. Four people were killed and 20 injured.—

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