The formation of the 'traffic focus squad on highways' followed orders from the traffic police chief, Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen.
The aim has been to prevent serious accidents on highways which have seen many a victims lose their lives over the last few years.
"The squad represents a major addition to efforts of previous squads," said Captain Ahmed Khalifa Al Iyali of Dubai Traffic Police Department. He said that 865 fines were issued against drivers failing to abide by lane discipline, 39 against those driving on hard shoulders, 10 against drivers failing to produce their vehicle ownership papers or driving licences when asked, six for reckless driving and five for motorists overtaking from the right side of other vehicles, besides other violations. In the first week of the squad's operations, 541 fines were issued against traffic rule offenders, according to First Lieutenant Ahmed Atiq.
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