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Alert: Beware while crossing at undesignated areas in UAE

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on November 23, 2019 | Last updated on November 23, 2019 at 10.21 am
jaywalkers, fine, traffic law, Dubai, UAE law

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The warning and the fine for the offence has been announced by the Dubai police on their official Twitter account.

The Dubai Police have warned pedestrians to always abide by the traffic law, preventing them from crossing roads in undesignated areas for their safety and to avoid being fined.

The warning and the fine for the offence has been announced by the Dubai police on their official Twitter account.

The fine for crossing roads from undesignated areas is Dh400. Pedestrians not complying with traffic lights while crossing roads also attracts a fine of Dh400.

Through their social media sites, authorities have advised pedestrians not to cross the roads from undesignated places as it often leads to run-over accidents that cause deaths and severe injuries.

The warning is part of the police's intensified inspection and awareness campaign targeting jaywalkers.

How to do it right?

> Cross the street using pedestrian bridges, underpasses or dedicated zebra crossings

> At zebra crossings with traffic lights, only walk at 'green', and should the signal start to blink or switch to red, make sure you hurry up to reach the other side of the road.

> At zebra crossings without traffic lights, you must be very careful since not all cars will stop for you. Only walk when you can cross all lanes of the street safely.

> A good tip is to make eye contact with drivers, so you are sure they noticed you.

Know the law:

> Dh400 - Fine for jaywalking

> Beware: Don't break the law even if there are no police around. Officers dressed in civilian clothes are carrying out random inspections and handing out fines to jaywalkers.

> 23 black points, 60-day confiscation (for light vehicles) and fine to be decided by court - penalty to motorists who caused someone's death

> 23 black points, 30-day confiscation (for light vehicles) and fine to be decided by court - penalty to motorists who caused serious injuries

> Reversing cars: Be extra careful when you walk near reversing cars.

> Keep your distance and try to anticipate the moves of the car.

> Be careful in all kind of parking spaces.

> Watch the children. They have a different view of the traffic and often they lack experience of traffic movements

> Make sure you watch your kids very closely in all forms of traffic.

> Make sure kids don't play close to streets or reversing cars.

> Always use sidewalks

> If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing the oncoming traffic.

Important reminder:

Don't chat or write text messages on your mobile phones when crossing the road

Source: RoadSafetyUAE


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