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Penalty system makes drivers more careful

Police in Abu Dhabi release figures showing big reduction in traffic violations since March.

Penalty system makes drivers more careful
CAR CRACKDOWN: Penalty points system has made motorists think twice about the way they drive. (Getty Images)

The number of speeding and other traffic violations have plummeted since the introduction of the penalty points system in Abu Dhabi.The scheme, under which motorists can lose their licences, has proved a big success, UAE daily The National reported on Wednesday.

Police in the UAE capital have released figures suggesting a 56 per cent drop in traffic offences since the introduction of the system on March 1.

The number of traffic tickets issued between March and June fell to 159,770 – less than half the 363,067 issued in the same period last year.

But police chiefs insist they still have work to do to try to reduce the number of deadly traffic accidents by escalating their campaign against reckless driving on inner-city roads and motorways.

Col Hamad Adil al Shamsi, director of the traffic and patrol department of the Abu Dhabi police, quoted in the paper, said: "Analysing the causes of traffic accidents indicated that most of them were preceded by traffic violations."

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