Motorists who committed minor traffic offences during Ramadan were asked to sign obligation letters instead of getting traffic tickets, Dubai Police said on Saturday. Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander in chief of Dubai police, said they distributed flyers and notes to motorists who were caught committing minor traffic offences and were asked to sign obligation letter in a step to raise awareness among drivers.
“Instead of issuing traffic fine to a motorist who committed a minor offence, we hand over notes and flyers to them and ask them to sign on an obligation letter that they won’t repeat the offence again. It’s an initiative only during this Ramadan,” Maj-Gen Al Merri said.
The initiative came as part of the Year of Giving, which was launched this year by UAE’s President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department in Dubai police, said the initiative will trigger the motorists to follow traffic instructions by giving them a second chance instead of paying a traffic fine.
“Police is not only a security department but it is also a partner in happiness for all motorists. This initiative will only be during Ramadan and drivers must follow traffic rules,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.
However, the initiative will be only for motorists committing minor traffic fines. The obligation letter contains the name of the driver and nationality with all car details and a note that the person will follow traffic rules. A note in the letter warns the driver that the fine can be registered if he/she repeats the offence or breaks the traffic law.
“Drivers must avoid any traffic offence even if it’s a minor one. We want safer and better roads,” he added.
List of minor traffic offences
- Using the phone when driving
- Expired car registration
- Blocking the traffic
- Stopping in the middle of the road without reason
- Not wearing seatbelt
- Driving a vehicle at night without lights