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[November 22, 2012]
Sharjah and Fujairah Police launch campaign targeting reckless drivers [Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)]
(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sharjah/Fujairah: Police in Sharjah and Fujairah have launched traffic campaigns to capture reckless drivers and traffic law violators in the two emirates.
The Police in Fujairah announced that the campaign kicked off on Wednesday but gave no date for the end of the campaign.
The new drive comes in a bid to curb the number of accidents caused by rogue motorbikes and vehicles.
Colonel Mohammad Rashid Bin Naya, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Fujairah Police, said the campaign was launched according to instructions given by Brigadier Mohammad Ahmad Bin Ganem Al Kaabi, Commander-in-Chief of Fujairah Police, as Fujairah police are keen to implement the strategic goals and initiatives related to improving road safety and the implementation of Traffic Laws to impose the rule of law on the road to reduce the number of deaths and traffic accidents. The campaign was launched to ensure the police make every effort to improve road safety and curb reckless driving.
Colonel Hamid Mohammad Al Yamahi, Director General of the police operations room, Fujairah police, said they will focus on those who use motorbikes as well as cars and those making noise annoying residents in the emirate as well other road users.
Al Yamahi said Fujairah Police are keen to apply the strategy, and initiatives of the Ministry of Interior to improve road safety, reduce congestion, accidents, and the number of deaths.
He added: "Intensive inspections will be going on in different areas of the emirate, and violating bikes will be impounded.
Al Yamahi also urged parents to monitor their children and teach them the dangers of these kinds of vehicles and bikes which can be unsafe and not properly equipped.
He also reminded motorists and road users to abide by all traffic regulations and laws in order to avoid endangering their lives and the lives of others, stressing that the Fujairah police will not relent to take all actions and measures that will maintain the safety of all road users.
In Sharjah, the police said the campaign launched by the Sharjah Traffic and Patrols Directorate is aimed at improving road safety.
Under the motto, Focus on Road while driving, Colonel Shawaf Mohammad Abdul Rahman, Director of Traffic and Patrol at Sharjah Police, said that the movement coinciding with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, on November 18, which is organised by the UN and WHO.
The awareness campaign is aimed at focusing on the causes of road accidents to enhance the safety of motorists on internal roads and highways as part of the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Interior.
It includes educating the public about the importance of wearing seatbelts and helmets, decreasing speed, safe crossing for pedestrians and the safe transportation of students. All these tips will help to reduce accidents and increase awareness among road users" Colonel Abdul Rahman said.
Many things can distract people when they are driving children, pets, the radio and as wireless technology has expanded, driving distractions have increased to include a range of hand-held devices, such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and mp3 players, he added.
Recently the number of accidents due to driving distractions has increased. Distracted driving is a growing problem, and is especially dangerous for young drivers, he said.
All the above tips will be introduced to the public on the internal and highway roads of Sharjah city and the Eastern region through distributing brochures and booklets published in Arabic and English.
Colonel Abdul Rahman urged all motorists to learn the importance of theses tips and adhere to the traffic rules for better and safer driving.
On Sunday a delegation from Sharjah Police paid a visit to the victims of road accidents in both Al Qasimi and Al Kuwait Hospitals. Extending to them the wishes of the General Commander of Sharjah Police and all staff for a speedy recovery, members of the delegation presented the victims with bouquets of flowers. Lauding the efforts of the traffic departments in the country to reduce traffic accidents, the delegation's members stressed upon motorists the paramount importance of abiding by traffic rules.
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