UAE police issues a fine of 400 dirhams for walking in these places

Residents of Dubai were reminded by Dubai Police on Thursday that jaywalking or crossing a road that is not intended for pedestrians is a serious offense that carries a punishment of Dh400, The reminder came as the Dubai Police revealed that they have been undertaking a series of awareness initiatives on this subject.

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According to Major General Saif Al Mazrouei, the director of the General Department of Traffic at the Dubai Police, since the beginning of this year, they have reached out to around 79,000 workers from various companies across Dubai in an effort to raise road safety awareness.

Jaywalking puts the lives of motorists and pedestrians at danger and is one of the leading causes of incidents involving people being run over.

Spreading awareness among people

"Special attention has been given to educating workers on road safety, especially on safely crossing roads, to prevent pedestrian accidents and save lives," according to Al Mazrouei.

The Dubai Police traveled to Al Quoz, Jebel Ali, Dubai Investment Park, and Al Muhaisnah to inspect worker lodgings and businesses in those areas, Discussions and educational materials were streamlined, brought to the attention of the workers in their mother tongue, and made as transparent as possible.

According to Colonel Abdurrahman Al Falasi, director of the Traffic Awareness Department at the Dubai Police Department, "Focusing on the worker demographic is essential because they frequently include users of bicycles and scooters in addition to pedestrians."

Safety reminders

1. When crossing roads, do it in areas where you can easily keep an eye on oncoming traffic and where you will be visible to drivers.

2. You are only allowed to cross roadways in the approved zones.

3. Stay off of your cell phone while you're crossing the street.

4. Before crossing, checking to see if the road is clear.

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