By Beatrice Thomas
The “Cross Safely” campaign comes just weeks after a new crackdown on jaywalking in the emirate
A total 400,000 adult workers have been taught how to safely cross the road under Dubai’s Cross Safely campaign, it was reported.
The “Cross Safely” campaign, which is being carried out between Dubai Police and 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 accidents involving pedestrians and motorists.
Essa Al Zarouni, director of the Inspection Department at the MoL’s office, said earlier this month that 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.
However, in a statement reported by i newspaper the ministry said it had now seen the first group of workers living in Jebel Ali industrial areas, including employees from Arabtec, Unique contracting and Dutco Balfour.
It said the workers watched a short film that explained the “correct steps of crossing any road and reduce traffic accidents”. Workers also had to carry out an exercise on how to react while crossing roads.
Dubai Police have reportedly handed out 24,085 fines for jaywalking in the first three months of this year, with 11 deaths recorded over the same period.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, deputy head of Dubai Traffic Police, was quoted as saying last week that “80 percent of Dubai pedestrians don’t have enough education for crossing the roads”.
Juma Bin Sweidan, director of events management at Dubai Police, previously 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.
Dubai Police statistics also noted that around 550 run-over accidents involving pedestrians occurred in 2013, from which 46 deaths were recorded.
That is good, but there are other class of people who are also 'Jaywalking' Please do visit Karama etc and see for yourselves how the traffic is stopped till the main roads.
Pls do install these pedestrian signals so that humans can group together and cross the pedestrian crossing.