Brigadier Khalifa Mohammed Al Khaili, Acting Deputy Director, Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said: “Exceeding speed by more than 60kmph was one of the most dangerous violations recorded. It accounted for 14 per cent of total violations.”
Meanwhile, using mobile phones accounted for 10 per cent of the total offences; failure to fasten seat belt – 18 per cent; and driving on worn-out tyres – 8 per cent.
Brigadier Al Khaili added that of the total violations, 78 cases were recorded for racing on streets; 3,616 violations for overtaking on hard shoulder; and 1,495 cases of sudden swerving.
The directorate’s traffic safety plans include increasing awareness programmes targeting drivers, intensifying traffic patrols and the civil patrols affiliated to the Traffic Investigation Section, and activating air traffic control to monitor roads in coordination with the Air Wing Department, he explained.
Police is especially targeting young people through the awareness programmes in schools and universities.
The directorate has also launched initiative to encourage social responsibility by involving the public sector, government departments, and educational institutions, he added.