Dubai launches new crackdown on jaywalking

Statistics show 46 people died, while over 53,000 fines were issued in Deira and Bur Dubai in 2013

Dubai Police have launched a crackdown on jaywalking in the emirate amid new statistics that show 46 people died from a total 550 “run over” incidents last year and over 53,000 fines were issued in two of the city's largest neighbourhoods.

The “Cross Safely” campaign, which is being carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour, is targeting labourers in particular, with that sector of the community said to be the subject of a higher rate of run over incidents.

Essa Al Zarouni, director of the Inspection Department at the MoL's office, said the ministry will be involved in facilitating access to the targeted groups of workers by providing Dubai Police with information about businesses and facilities which employ 1000-plus workers.

“The ministry will activate its union care mobile unit, which was launched by the Ministry of Labour during the celebration of the international Labour Day in 2012, and designed to deliver safety campaigns to labour camp areas to spread awareness among these workers, by distributing images and brochures," he said.

Juma Bin Sweidan, director of events management at Dubai Police, said the campaign would continue until the end of the year, with three campaigns to take place in Muhaisnah 2, three in Al Quoz, and three in Jebel Ali.

He said in Deira alone Dubai police had issued 28,356 pedestrian violations for crossing roads from undesignated areas in 2012 and 25,978 in 2013.

In Bur Dubai the figures were 17,000 in 2012 and 27,228 in 2013. This amounts to 53,206 in the two areas alone last year.

Dubai Police statistics also noted that around 550 run-over accidents have occurred in 2013, from which 46 deaths were recorded.

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Posted by: TJs

Have police checks on Amman street in Qusais....hundreds jaywalk everyday....

Posted by: Amman Walker

Some things are easier said than done. Could you please suggest a way how people living on the residential side of Amman street get over to the bus stops on the other side? You can say, "walk all the way to Doha Street intersection or to 7A Street (Karachi Darbar) intersection where there are traffic lights that allow pedestrians to cross". Or you can say "take a taxi to go to the other side of the road". Right?

Posted by: Expat in UAE

I live in Amman st. and sometimes I have to drive through that stretch between Karachi Darbar traffic light and the Doha street intersection. I see people running across and it's crazy. Reported to RTA and asked them to put fences on the median .... nothing.

Apparently no one will move until people die :( I hope no one dies there ......

Posted by: kingkaiser

Just a suggestion. Can we also fine drivers who drive past zebra crossings without stopping for pedestrians to cross? It seems illogical to fine someone for not crossing as a designated zone when drivers ignore those zones anyway. Ie: it makes no difference where you cross, since drivers don't stop in any place. And before anyone turns this into an anti-taxi driver argument, I find taxis are actually usually regular about stopping - its the flashier cars that I fear.

Posted by: sensible

Have you been to Karama, Dubai 'Pedestrian Crossings' the people walk texting, answering mobiles and walking as though they are in the Park, and the traffic jams are till the main roads causing chaos.
My suggestion is this, as there are pedestrains crossings made by the Govt, install those Press Button signals, so that there is law and order, and equal flow of traffic and pedestrians, at present it is just ridiculous.

Posted by: Expat

Good one.
In my country the drivers will be fined for not stopping for pedestrians, which are waiting to cross the zebra.
And the fine is not low.

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