(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Sidi Mohamed / The Peninsula
Though the Ministry of Interior has started recording violations of rules by pedestrians from the beginning of this month, violations of crossing roads from non-designated places still occurring necessitating more awareness drives in multiple languages by the authorities to sensitise people on the subject.
The Ministry of Interior has reminded people particularly pedestrians through its social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to respect traffic rules to preserve their lives and the lives of others.
Despite repeated reminders and warnings issued by the Ministry on the issue, The Peninsula has observed a number of violations in different areas committed by the pedestrians.
During discussions with The Peninsula, some of the pedestrians expressed their ignorance of new fines being imposed for various violations while others cited different other reasons behind their acts of violations like lack of pedestrian bridges on all roads etc.
'Usually I take all precautions to cross the roads particularly the ones having heavy traffic but I do not know about new fines and when and how they are imposed, said Shahid, an expatriate worker.
According to recent data of the General Directorate of Traffic, as many as 32 death run over cases were registered in the country in 2017 but they decreased last year due to many initiatives taken by the Department.
Among the reasons behind run over accidents, studies carried out by the General Directorate of Traffic point out lack of pedestrian bridges, poor lighting in a number of areas and highways, lack of bumps that limit speed especially in front of schools, mosques and residential areas, and wrong road crossing.
During past few weeks, the General Directorate of Traffic has organised several awareness campaigns to educate people on violations of traffic rules by the pedestrians and distributed reflective safety vests among workers, especially in the Corniche area and other places having dense workers' population.
The areas which recorded more pedestrian accidents according to the Ministry of Interior statistics was Madinat Khalifa followed by Al Rayyan, Al Maamoura, Old Airport and Industrial Area. According to article 61 of law No. 17/2007 regarding the traffic law anyone intending to cross the carriageway shall do so with caution, and shall first ensure that the place chosen does not expose them to any danger or cause obstruction to traffic.