Jaywalkers face fine

ABU DHABI — Pedestrians in Abu Dhabi beware. Traffic police forces are gearing up to slap a fine of Dh50 on pedestrians crossing roads from undesignated spots.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Thu 21 Jul 2005, 10:17 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:51 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times yesterday, Major Yaslam Al Tammimi, Head of Patrol Department at Abu Dhabi Traffic, said his department was intensifying its campaign against pedestrians violating traffic rules.

"Violators will be taken to the Traffic Department and referred to the court for prosecution. They will be issued the Dh50 fine," said Major Tammimi.

He said the drive aims at reducing the alarming rate of accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles, resulting in death of the pedestrians in some cases where they don't use zebra crossing or subways. Youngsters and elderly people were the victims in most cases.

He said that despite the fact that Abu Dhabi Municipality had constructed 12 subways in densely populated areas, in addition to boards and signs carrying instructions to use areas designated for crossings, accidents involving pedestrians were a regular phenomenon.

The official lamented that people endanger not only their lives but the lives of others as well by breaking dividers erected by the Municipality in coordination with his department to discourage crossing from undesignated spots.

"People should respect the law and follow traffic instructions to ensure their own safety," Major Tammimi said, adding that his department would launch awareness campaigns to educate the public on the risks of violating traffic rules.

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