Pedestrian offences fetch Dubai over Dh2.5m

Over 12,000 tickets issued in five months for violating rules

Pedestrian offences fetched Dubai more than Dh2.5 million in the first five months of 2010 as the metropolitan city is stepping up a drive to bring discipline to its roads, according to the traffic police.

Quoted by local newspapers, Major Omar Ashour, Head of the Accidents Planning Division at the Dubai Traffic Police, said 12,939 tickets had been issued by the traffic police to pedestrians for violating road crossing rules.

With each fine at Dh200, the tickets totaled around Dh2.58 million during that period, according to the papers.

“Raising the fine from Dh50 to Dh200 in the new traffic law has contributed to reducing accidents and casualties,” Asour said, adding that most of the pedestrian violators were workers at construction sites.

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