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Qatar drivers face new fines for obstructing traffic

Remote surveillance programme to detect new traffic violations in Qatar

Qatar drivers face new fines for obstructing traffic
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Qatari drivers and motorists whose traffic violations are caught by cameras fitted on roundabouts and interchanges will soon be fined for a number of new violations, Qatari media reports.

Qatar’s Department of Traffic has announced that the new traffic violations, which include not maintaining lane discipline and overtaking from the right, or not maintaining sufficient space between cars, will be fined with QR500.

Speaking to local media, Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, director of the department, also said that the use of mobile phones while driving, driving at “abnormal low speed’, and trucks and trailers violating city entry rules would also be fined.

The new move is based on the Ministry of Interior’s latest surveillance programme, “Talaa,” which has enabled officers to remotely ticket traffic violators since it launched in April 2015.

Under the project, around 124 trained officers look for violations that “pose a threat to public safety” by monitoring video feedback from cameras installed on roads and highways across the country.

Brigadier Al Kharji said that now these cameras were being tweaked to detect traffic violations such as vehicles that tailgate as well as drivers who turn left from straight-heading lanes.

He also added that from the next academic year all schools, including non-Arabic ones, would teach traffic and road safety as part of curriculum.

According to the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, although the number of traffic violations in June 2015 was down nearly 24 percent when compared to the same month last year, there was a sharp increase in the number of road accidents from 29,000 in June 2014 to nearly 44,000 in June 2015.

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