Here is why fewer drivers are jumping red lights in RAK

Here is why fewer drivers are jumping red lights in RAK

44.7% drop in the traffic offence recorded



The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has witnessed a significant drop of 44.7 per cent in the number of the drivers involved in jumping red traffic lights in the first half of the year.
Brigadier Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, director general of the central operations department, RAK Police, said 870 drivers were fined for breaking red traffic lights in six months this year, compared to 1,580 during the same period last year."
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"The erring drivers were nabbed by sophisticated radars and digital cameras that have been installed on the roads and intersections of the emirate not only for jumping red lights, but also for speeding."
The RAK police have distributed thousands of brochures to make the public aware about the stricter traffic regulations that took effect on July 1 this year, he added.
"Speeding to cross the red traffic light is one of the main reasons for deadly accidents and always leads to big human and financial losses as well as casualties."
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The speed cameras installed on the red lights' radars have significantly helped curb high speeds at intersections, he underlined. "The new cameras have reduced red light violations."
As per the new traffic rules, red signal breakers shall suffer a hefty fine of Dh1,000, along with 12 black points, and the impoundment of the vehicle for 30 days. "The same amendment is enforceable on motorbikers."

"Red traffic light jumpers used to pay a fine of Dh800, along with eight black points, and the impoundment of the vehicle for 15 days, but the penalty has become tougher in the new federal traffic law."
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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