Police go full steam in school safety drive

DUBAI — Police officials on special assignment will assist the ‘Schools without accidents’ safety campaign, a police official said.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Thu 16 Sep 2010, 12:25 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:41 PM

The Dubai Traffic Department has assigned 47 officers and 28 traffic controllers for six patrol units to cover schools in front of schools in Dubai from 6:30am in two shifts.

Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Director of the General Department of Traffic said the police intensify the police patrols from the beginning of this academic year and will include duties to stop eve teasing in front of girls schools. He called on parents to be careful and to drop children on the right side in front of schools and far from the road to prevent accidents.

He said that the speed limit in front of schools should not exceed 20km/hour. He said that 99 per cent of the accidents are caused by speeding and low vision.

He said that some schools lack parking areas and parents have been urged to park on the road deck for a maximum 10 minutes. He called on parents to cooperate with the police and not to obstruct traffic by parking in front of schools for a long time and to avoid reversing.

Brig. Zafin revealed said there was a drop in traffic accidents during the last eight months. This year so far has seen 1,711 accidents resulting in 116 deaths, 123 serious injuries, 386 moderate injuries and 790 minor injuries.

Brig. Zafin said most accidents were caused due to tailgating.


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