Jumping red signal main cause of serious road accidents

DUBAI - Police investigations into an accident that caused serious injuries to eight people earlier this month indicate that the accident was caused by the jumping of the red signal.

By A Correspondent

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Published: Sat 10 May 2003, 11:48 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

The probe results came on the heels of a report that around 7,000 cases of disregard of traffic lights have been registered in Dubai so far this year.

The accident in which eight people were injured occurred on May 2 on Al Satwa Road when two cars collided at around 11.45pm. The investigators found that the driver of one of the cars had jumped the red signal.

Devices installed by Dubai Police at intersections as well as police patrols in various parts of the city registered 6,868 violations relating to motorists' disregard of traffic lights. Of them, 3,777 offences were registered by 'radars', said a police report.

Captain Ali Al Mansouri, head of the Radars Section of the Dubai Traffic Police Department, said that such violations had jumped to 11,555 in 2002, of which 7,412 were detected by speed monitoring devices.

"This is a highly serious offence that leads to death and serious injuries," said the official. "Despite stiff penalties imposed on violators, the problem is continuing," he said. The violation carries a Dh500 fine and six black points on the driver's traffic records. Police also impound the vehicle of the erring motorist for a specific period.

"That, apparently, has not been an effective deterrent. The traffic department has also installed devices at intersections to detect violators and speedsters," said Capt. Al Mansouri.

The first of these devices were installed in 2001 and there are now 16 of them operating around the city. "The devices have helped police enormously in keeping an eye on signal violations," the official said.

The intersections monitored by the device are: Manara, Aathar, Mina, Sana, Dnata, Rashidiyah, Ghusais, Nad Al Hamar, Dhiyafa and Nahda. The official said that more intersections would soon join the list. Besides, there are 'mobile radars' at various intersections. Police in January last year said 147 motorists lost the privilege to drive in the previous three years when their driving licences were cancelled for ever after they had accumulated the maximum number of black points several times.

In 1999, 2000 and 2001, a total of 1,289 driving licences were wanted by police, 1,231 licences were impounded and cases of 58 were still under investigation. According to the black points system, a licence is impounded for a certain period when its holder accumulates 12 black points in a year. A motorist loses the licence if he accumulates 12 black points thrice within the period. Vehicles are also impounded for various periods if their owners accumulate black points or are involved in serious offences, including jumping the red signal.

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