Police official says quad biking should be restricted to safe zone
Desert quad biking should be banned except in controlled areas if Dubai is to cut down on accident deaths, a senior police officer has said.
General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Chief of Dubai Police for Operations, made the comments as the force began a new campaign in which riders are urged to wear protection if taking to the dunes. The campaign was launched to coincide with the school spring break holidays.
But he said the only way to ensure thrillseekers are safe is if a dedicated area is established.
Al Zafeen said: “If we have a controlled area with an ambulance and a clinic and fences, then we will put an end to this problem. Otherwise we will keep witnessing more accidents.”
In January, an Emirati woman, aged 20, burned to death when she was trapped inside a dune buggy.
The vehicle flipped over several times in the Al Warqa desert and four friends were thrown from the buggy. The girls, who were all injured, were unable to
By Ali Al Shouk free their friend as the fire took hold.
In 2015, two Emiratis died and the year before a 13-year-old was killed.
Launching the Desert Without Blood campaign, Al Zafeen said: “We have many deserts used for quad biking and it’s hard for police to control all of these.”
He said the dune zone would be discussed with the Municipality and RTA. Al Zafeen also warned owners about using quad bikes on roads. He said: “We confiscated 67 quad bikes last year. There are no safety measures equipped for road driving.”
Colonel Jamal Al Bannai, Deputy Director of the Traffic Department, said too many parents give their kids the freedom to drive bikes on their own.
He said: “I even saw one father driving one with two of his children on the front and another two in the back.
“Parents encourage their children to use the bikes at too young an age.”