Police will send bad drivers back to school
Bad drivers forced to undergo traffic safety classes
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
SMASH: Police said many of the 77 deaths seen so far this year could have been avoided