Police officers deployed to help ease traffic jams

DUBAI — More than 25 traffic police officers have been deployed during various hours on Dubai roads to help ease traffic jams, and the current campaign will continue for at least a week.

By A Correspondent

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Published: Thu 23 Dec 2004, 11:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:33 PM

The intensive campaign that started on Sunday and is covering all major roads that witness horrific congestion at peak hours. Traffic rule offenders are immediately fined when seen by cops, said Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Al Gaithi, Deputy Director of Dubai Traffic Police Department.

One of the major roads is Al Qitaeyat, coming from Shaikh Zayed Road towards Al Maktoum bridge. There have been many complaints that irresponsible motorists were violating rules and aggravating the traffic situation in the area. Cops were last evening seen writing traffic fines for cars seen flouting the rules. There are nine police officers operating in Deira and 11 in Bur Dubai, while five other officers are on standby to give a helping hand to police teams. Officers were also directing motorists to taking alternative routes to make traffic flow smoother and help drivers reach their destinations faster.

Lt Col Al Gaithi said that reckless drivers would face tough penalties, including the seizure of the car for a week and a Dh100 fine imposed on the erring driver.

“The main problem we are having is the failure by motorists to abide by lane discipline when a small accident occurs”, said the police officer.

He said officers and all policemen were given orders not to tolerate any traffic offence, especially driving over road shoulders. This violation entails a seizure of the car for a month. Other violations include crossing the yellow box when traffic is not clear, that entails a seizure of the car for a week, in addition to hefty fines. Lt Col Hani Jamal Al Sawalhi, Bur Dubai Traffic Police in-charge, oversaw the campaign launch. He urged drivers, especially parents taking their children to school, to drive carefully and leave early enough to avoid congestion.

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