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'Yellow box' traffic offences on the rise

By Staff

Offences committed by drivers entering the yellow box at traffic lights junctions surged by nearly 22 per cent in 2010 despite the deployment of surveillance cameras, a traffic official has said.

The number of such offences totaled 5,067 last year compared with 4,138 in 2009, said Brigadier Gaith Al Zaabi, direct of the traffic coordination administration at the ministry of interior.

“We urge all drivers not to enter the yellow box at traffic signals and give way to vehicles coming from the other directions,” he said, quoted by the Arabic language daily Alkhaleej.

“Stopping the car inside the yellow box is very dangerous to other vehicles and could cause serious road accidents.”

Al Zaabi said traffic police had deployed scores of surveillance cameras at traffic lights junctions to monitor motorists jumping the red signal or entering the yellow box, adding that drivers caught entering that zone are fined Dh500.