14,000 red light jumping violations – just this year
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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