Dubai sees 1 million traffic offences in 5 months

Drivers committed more than one million traffic offences in Dubai in the first five months of 2012 and speed was on top of the list of road violations.

Around 205,000 offences were recorded by the emirate’s traffic police in January while there were 215,000 in February, 231,000 in March and 225,000 in April.

Police data showed May recorded the lowest number of traffic offences of around 164,000, nearly 16 per cent below those in the previous month.

“Speed is always on the top of the list of road offences, accounting for between 60 and 70 per cent of the total,” Major General Mohammed Al Zafin, director of the Dubai traffic police, told Albayan newspaper.

In May, speed offences, detected mostly by police fixed and mobile cameras, totalled around 89,000 while there were about 7,000 parking violations, 6,482 seat belt offences and 603 fines for jumping the red lights.