By Daniel Shane
Number of pedestrians killed by drivers falls by 14 percent last year, say traffic authorities
Traffic authorities in Abu Dhabi handed out fines to more than 40,000 pedestrians for jaywalking last year as part of a campaign to increase road safety.
The penalties came amid a 14 percent reduction in the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents on the UAE capital’s roads, according to a statement on the Gulf state’s official news agency WAM.
Abu Dhabi Police attributed the fall in the number of pedestrians being killed to a crackdown on jaywalking in the emirate. During 2012, traffic cops also gave out more than 3,500 fines to drivers who failed to give way to pedestrians, while nearly 1,000 tickets were doled out for parking on zebra lines.
"We have intensified traffic control to apprehend motorists who endanger pedestrians' lives by increasing speed near pedestrian zones," commented Colonel Hamad Mubarak bin Atheith Al Amri, director of capital traffic department at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police.
“Motorists must give priority to pedestrians; otherwise they will pay a fine of AED500 and six black points added to their traffic license.”
Upcoming projects to increase pedestrian safety in Abu Dhabi include 26 new bridges across the emirate.