Urgent UAE imposes Fines Up to Dh400 against jaywalking

Jaywalking and other unlawful street crossings will result in severe consequences, police in Dubai have warned. Each infringement of this rule may result in a fine of Dh400. The police have launched a number of education campaigns to raise awareness of this problem and improve overall traffic safety.

Jaywalking puts lives at risk

Approximately 79,000 workers from enterprises across Dubai have been the focus of Dubai Police's outreach efforts since the beginning of the year. The main goal is to inform locals, especially employees, of the need of following traffic regulations and improving overall road safety.

Accidents involving pedestrians are quite common, and one of the primary causes is jaywalking, which puts the lives of pedestrians and drivers in danger. In an effort to raise awareness and encourage compliance with traffic laws, Dubai Police General Department of Traffic Director Major General Saif Al Mazrouei emphasized the significance of reducing pedestrian accidents and saving lives.

Geographic Focus on Worker Accommodations

Dubai Police's campaigns extended to worker accommodations and companies in areas such as Al Quoz, Jebel Ali, Dubai Investment Park, and Al Muhaisnah. These initiatives were designed to ensure that the information conveyed to workers was clear and straightforward, with an emphasis on making it accessible in their native languages.

Crucial Emphasis on Worker Demographics

Colonel Abdurrahman Al Falasi, director of the Traffic Awareness Department at Dubai Police, underscored the significance of addressing the worker demographic in the awareness campaigns. This group often includes pedestrians, bicycle riders, and scooter users. It's crucial to educate them about road safety to minimize accidents and protect lives.

Safety Reminders for Pedestrians

  • You should only cross streets where you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and where you won't blend in with the background.
  • You should only cross the street at marked spots.
  • Don't check your phone while trying to cross the street.
  • Make sure there are no cars coming before you cross.

Dubai Police's efforts to raise awareness and enforce traffic regulations reflect their commitment to enhancing road safety and reducing accidents, particularly those related to pedestrian safety. Public education and adherence to road rules play a crucial role in achieving these goals.

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