With the latest campaign ‘Desert without blood’, Dubai Police aims to reduce fatal quad bikes accidents. The campaign, in co-operation with Dubai Municipality, started early this month and will continue until mid-April.
Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Operations, called for a special area in the desert for quad bike riders, which will help reduce accidents. He also urged age regulation for riders. He said the accidents occur as youngsters ride quad bikes in residential areas and on main roads.
The number of accidents involving quad bikes increased to 126 last year against 104 accidents in 2014.
While, two teenagers died in 2013, three people died last year, including a teenager who lost his life when he jumped a red signal on a quad bike, said Maj-Gen Zafin and added that a 20-year-old girl died in a quad bike accident this year.
Police confiscated 1,142 bikes in 2015 up from 387 in 2014. The number of quad bike offences registered in 2015 also rose to 2,929 from 2,922 in 2014.
Colonel Jamal Al Bannai, Acting Director of the General Department of Traffic, said in co-operation with Dubai Municipality and RTA, Dubai Police established fencing along the road in Al Warqa to prevent entry of quad bikes to public roads.
Col. Bannai confirmed offenders who violate quad bike rules will have their bikes impounded for up to three months and will face a fine of up to Dh50,000. The increased fine is intended to deter potential offenders and not mere collection of money, he added.
He added that if the violator does not pay the fine, then the department holds the rights to sell the impounded bike in auction.
He urged people to ride only in places allocated for the purpose and called upon parents to teach children the importance of wearing protective gears while riding.