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21 February 2024

Dubai reports over 20,000 red light offences in 2012

By Staff

Dubai’s traffic police recorded more than 20,000 offences involving jumping the red lights in 2012, an average of 55 violations a day.

The 20,313 offences caused 224 accidents that resulting in the death of seven people and injury of 312 others, the emirate’s traffic police chief said.

Major General Mohammed Al Zafin said the violations were caused by the fact that most drivers speed up just before reaching the traffic light to skip the red signal.

He said last year’s offences were around 10 per cent below 2011, when 22,543 violations involving jumping the red lights were recorded.

Last year, 1,241 drivers were caught by the police jumping the red lights while the rest were penalized in absence after they were shot by the traffic cameras, he added.

Zafin, quoted by Dubai-based Emarat Alyoum daily, said such offences involve a fine of Dh800, eight black points and confiscation of the vehicle for 15 days.