Fine alert: UAE police issue fresh warning to pedestrians, drivers

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on January 13, 2021 | Last updated on January 13, 2021 at 09.23 am
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The police called on motorists to drive with caution and follow the traffic rules.

The Abu Dhabi Police have warned residents against the dangers of jaywalking and reminded them to abide by traffic laws.

In a fresh warning under the traffic safety campaign "Safety Path", the police urged pedestrians to cross roads only through designated areas and to follow the traffic lights at intersections.

““Random crossing of roads is among the main causes of run-over accidents. Pedestrians should use the designated crossing points properly, be vigilant and obey any signals at controlled crossings,” said police.

The force noted that people crossing roads from non-designated spots were putting their lives in danger.

According to the UAE traffic law, pedestrians who flout traffic signals and cross the road at undesignated areas face fines of Dh400.

Traffic authorities also warned pedestrians against using mobile phones while crossing roads to avoid accidents.

According to the police, pedestrians chatting or talking on their mobile phones while walking or crossing the roads pose a danger to themselves and other road users, because their attention is taken by what they are doing and forget about the traffic around them.

Motorists have also been told to be tolerant and give way to pedestrians when safe to do so at uncontrolled crossings and near schools and educational institutions.

Not giving way to pedestrians brings a Dh500 fine and six black points.

In 2019, the Abu Dhabi Police introduced smart radars that could detect jaywalkers and drivers who don't stop at pedestrian crossing points.

The smart radar system 'Hather' (Be Careful) controls violations committed by jaywalkers and drivers so as to reduce the number of pedestrian run-overs in Abu Dhabi.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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