14,000 red light jump­ing vi­o­la­tions – just this year

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Speed­ing road users, mo­torists that swerve from lane to lane and an HGV driver that flipped his ve­hi­cle on a mo­tor­way are among the 6,000-plus peo­ple to have un­der­gone a re­hab pro­gramme for prob­lem drivers.

Many of those to com­plete the course had racked up more than 16 black points while be­hind the wheel and some had been given tem­po­rary bans.

UAE traf­fic author­i­ties said 6,320 drivers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Shar­jah, Fu­jairah and Ras Al Khaimah have passed through the re-train­ing scheme since its in­cep­tion in 2011.

The pro­gramme gives mo­torists the op­por­tu­nity to re­duce points through lessons con­sist­ing of the­ory tu­ition and a sim­u­la­tor course. If they com­plete it, eight black points are de­ducted.

Ma­jor Ahmed Juma Al Khaili, Head of the Traf­fic Points Re­duc­tion Sec­tion at the Min­istry of In­te­rior, said par­tic­i­pants are taught about safe driv­ing, man­ners and over­all good be­hav­iour.

Par­tic­u­lar fo­cus is placed on keep­ing a safe dis­tance be­tween ve­hi­cles.

Fig­ures were not given for Dubai, but the 42 deaths linked to tail­gat­ing on the emi­rate’s roads last year ex­plain the fo­cus on safe dis­tances.

He said: “Most of the drivers en­rolling on the pro­gramme are those that have ac­cu­mu­lated more than 16 black points on their driv­ing li­cences.”

Those en­ter­ing are taught about com­mon mis­takes and the ac­ci­dents they can cause.

Al Khaili added: “The pri­mary rea­son for this pro­gramme is to change driv­ing be­hav­iour and build a cul­ture of traf­fic safety.”

RAK mo­torist Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lah, 27, said that he went on the course af­ter rack­ing up 16 points and feared he may lose his li­cence if he con­tin­ued driv­ing the way he was.

He said: “I en­rolled on the train­ing pro­gramme af­ter I had ex­ceeded 16 black points on my driv­ing li­cence. The lessons helped me learn to ad­here to traf­fic reg­u­la­tions. I’m a dis­ci­plined driver now and I haven’t had a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion since.” Thou­sands of mo­torists were caught jump­ing red lights in Dubai this year af­ter be­ing snared by no-flash cam­eras. Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Traf­fic Depart­ment at Dubai Po­lice yes­ter­day re­vealed that 14,236 vi­o­la­tions were recorded against drivers for jump­ing red lights in the first eight months of 2016. Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, di­rec­tor of the depart­ment, said that one per­son was killed and 94 were in­jured in 87 traf­fic ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing from cross­ing a sig­nal while the light was red. Last year, Dubai Po­lice recorded 15,717 vi­o­la­tions, which caused 100 traf­fic ac­ci­dents and killed three peo­ple and 145 peo­ple in­jured. “Traf­fic ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing from cross­ing red sig­nals is the most dan­ger­ous of­fence as it al­ways causes death or in­juries,” said Al Mazroui. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics, March was the worst month this year, with 2,107 vi­o­la­tions.

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