By Staff writer
‘We Are Police’ campaign encourages residents to report violations to authorities
Members of the public recorded almost 4,000 traffic violations in Dubai within the past 10 months and alerted the police, it announced on Thursday.
Dubai Police’s ‘We Are Police’ campaign, which launched last year, seeks to encourage residents to send in videos and photographs of road violations being committed across the city.
Saif Muhair, director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said this week that 3,748 violations were captured by members of the public – “reflecting the strong cooperation of local residents”, he added, according to Khaleej Times.
The campaign was launched as part of a wider crackdown on violations of traffic and road safety law in the UAE as the country continues to record a high number of accidents each year.
According to figures released by Dubai Police earlier this month, ‘tailgating’ – not leaving a safe distance between two cars – was one of the main causes of deaths on the emirate’s roads last year. Tailgating cost 42 lives in 2015 compared to 26 in 2014.
Meanwhile the newspaper also reported that young drivers between the ages of 18-30 are more prone to road accidents in the UAE.
However, according to the recent UAE Road Safety Monitor published in February, 28 percent of people in the age group of 30-34 also said they have been involved in an accident in the last six months.