Po­lice will send bad drivers back to school

Bad drivers forced to un­dergo traf­fic safety classes

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

Care­less mo­torists and per­sis­tent speed­ers will be forced to take les­sons on traf­fic safety and dan­ger­ous driv­ing as part of new mea­sures to help im­prove safety.

Abu Dhabi Traf­fic and Pa­trols Direc­torate yes­ter­day said that they would soon in­tro­duce mea­sures for er­rant drivers in­clud­ing manda­tory traf­fic ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes for any­one that has racked up to more than Dhs10,000 in traf­fic fines.

Traf­fic author­i­ties said they would also co­or­di­nate with other gov­ern­ment bod­ies to pre­vent reck­less drivers from trav­el­ling outside the coun­try un­til they have cleared all their fines.

The new mea­sures were an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day af­ter new fig­ures from traf­fic po­lice showed a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in road fa­tal­i­ties.

Po­lice said the death toll on Abu Dhabi roads in­creased to 77 dur­ing the first three months of 2016, com­pared with 54 in the same pe­riod last year. The most com­mon cause was a sud­den change of lane (15 per cent), not leav­ing enough dis­tance be­tween ve­hi­cles (13 per cent), speed­ing (12 per cent), reck­less­ness (9 per cent) and jump­ing red lights (3 per cent).

Bri­gadier Hus­sein Ahmed Al Harithi, Di­rec­tor of Cen­tral Po­lice Op­er­a­tions at Abu Dhabi Po­lice, said the con­tin­ued vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic rules has con­trib­uted to the in­crease in road fa­tal­i­ties in re­cent months.

“We have recorded more deaths in the first quar­ter of this year com­pared with last year and this is be­cause many drivers are still com­mit­ting

road of­fences,” said Al Harithi. “Vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic laws is a ma­jor cause of ac­ci­dents on roads.

He said the force will soon an­nounce more de­tails of mea­sures de­signed to tackle se­rial of­fend­ers.

Classes would see drivers forced to re-learn traf­fic reg­u­la­tions, safe driv­ing and the im­por­tance of be­ing dis­ci­plined on roads, and how crashes are caused.

“Such ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes are in­tended to im­prove the drivers’ abid­ance with laws and in­crease aware­ness about the dan­gers of bad driv­ing,” he said.

DHS10,000 drivers who have racked up fines to­talling Dh­s10k will au­to­mat­i­cally be hauled into road safety classes

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