DRIV­ERS IN ABU DHABI CLOCKS UP OF­FENCES

Po­lice chief hits out at mo­torists with al­most 40 of­fences

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

The worst driver reg­is­tered 38 of­fences, an­other had 30 vi­o­la­tions... this is pretty bad – Bri­gadier Khal­ifa Al Khaili

Po­lice in Abu Dhabi have hit out at some of the emi­rate’s most reck­less driv­ers, in­clud­ing one who racked up al­most 40 vi­o­la­tions on his li­cence in a single year.

Bri­gadier Khal­ifa Mo­hammed Al Khaili, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Traf­fic and Pa­trols Di­rec­torate, said such fre­quent and fla­grant vi­o­la­tions are the rea­sons for many ac­ci­dents hap­pen­ing.

He was speak­ing as the Abu Dhabi Po­lice re­leased a breakdown of ac­ci­dents on the roads so far in 2016.

Al Khaili said: “Among th­ese bad driv­ers, the worst of­fender reg­is­tered 38 of­fences, fol­lowed by one with 30 vi­o­la­tions and the third with 28 of­fences.

“The fourth and fifth worst driv­ers recorded 27 and 25 of­fences re­spec­tively. And this is pretty bad as vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic laws causes most of the crashes on roads.”

Speed­ing, neg­li­gence, jump­ing red lights, driv­ing on the hard shoul­der and mis­cal­cu­la­tion on the part of driv­ers topped the list of most com­mon of­fences in the cap­i­tal.

Be­sides fines, driv­ers who ex­ceed the max­i­mum 24 black points have their cars and driv­ing li­cences seized for a month. A to­tal of 77 peo­ple died in crashes in Abu Dhabi in the first quar­ter of 2016, up from 54 in the first three months of 2015, fig­ures showed.

Al Khaili said that 66 radars and speed guns that were placed on in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal roads cap­tured 15,661 mo­torists ex­ceed­ing the max­i­mum speed limit be­tween Jan­uary and April this year. He said: “Po­lice have taken th­ese mea­sures to tar­get mo­torists who drive above ac­cepted speed limit set on var­i­ous roads or are caught vi­o­lat­ing other traf­fic laws.”

He said that po­lice in Abu Dhabi have more pa­trol of­fi­cers, radars and sur­veil­lance cam­eras on the roads that see the worst driv­ing and high­est rate of ac­ci­dents.

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