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Establishment of 'traffic courts' recommended

Traffic director general said a strategy to reduce accidents was also being formulated.

Establishment of 'traffic courts' recommended
NEW COURTS: Directors of traffic from across Saudi Arabia have recommended the establishment of traffic courts in the Kindom. (Getty Images)

In a recent conference held in Riyadh, the directors of traffic from across Saudi Arabia recommended that traffic courts be established in the Kingdom. NEW

They suggested that the current penalty system be kept only as a ‘temporary’ measure until the courts were established.

Major General Sulaiman Al Ajlan, director general of Traffic, said that the courts would fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice.

Speaking to Al Madinah newspaper, Al Ajlan said: “The conference focused on violations that cause traffic accidents, such as running red lights, speeding, joy riding and driving in reverse along streets, with a view towards curbing those violations.”

He added that a strategy to reduce traffic accidents was also being formulated.

At the conference, the directors also recommended the expedition of administrative procedures, such as the issuing of driving licenses and the registration of vehicles.

The director general also disclosed that a traffic campaign was also underway. He added: “This campaign will continue until the end of the year, and will then be evaluated.”

Saudi Arabia has one the highest road accident rates in the world, with 485,931 accidents taking place in the country last year, killing 6,458 people and injuring 36,486.

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