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Posted On: 27 June 2019 09:45 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Accident free summer campaign 2019 launched in Qatar

Binu Cherian
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The General Directorate of Traffic is set to launch a month-long traffic awareness campaign, from 1 July -1 August 2019, under the title "Accident-free Summer" for the year 2019, in order to raise public awareness of the rules of traffic safety and safe driving.

This was announced during press conference held by the Traffic Awareness Department at the General Directorate of Traffic. The press conference was attended by Col. Nasser Darman Al Hajri, Assistant Director General of Traffic, Col. Mohammad Radhi Al Hajri, Director of Traffic Awareness Department and officers of the General Directorate of Traffic.

Colonel Radhi Al-Hajri said that the "Accident-free Summer" campaign, will focus this year on field awareness through inspection campaigns in cooperation with the of Traffic Patrols Department and the Public Relations Department. The main goal of the campaign is to educate the public on the rules of traffic safety and safe driving, with a focus on drivers, especially from the youth, in the city of Doha and external areas, he added.

The campaign will focus on raising awareness on a number of violations including driving without a license, passing through right side, using mobile phone while driving, parking in the places reserved for people with special needs, obstructing traffic by stopping in the yellow box etc..

During the campaign there will be the distribution of awareness publications, guidance to drivers in the roads, commercial markets and streets, the internal areas of Doha, and the external areas in including Dukhan. The campaign activities will be carried out in cooperation with the traffic departments and all media and through coordination with the "Talaa" department to detect the violation of stopping in the yellow box, as the cameras on the intersections monitor this violation, which hinder traffic and cannot be reconciled. The violation of stopping in the yellow box will be charged with a fine of QR 500.

Colonel Mohammed Radhi Al-Hajri made a comparative review between 2017 and 2018, explaining the impact of the "Accident-free summer" campaign held last year, on the decline in the number of violations. He said that the violation of the passing through right side has decreased significantly, with a decline of 68.4%, the driving without a license recorded a decline of 16.1% and the violations of parking in places of people with special needs decreased by 22.4%.

Captain Abdul Wahid Ghareeb Al-Anzi, Traffic Awareness Officer, briefed on the role of the media in instilling awareness and traffic culture, especially among young people. He stressed that the local media are making every effort in carrying out its social responsibilities in support of traffic awareness efforts to achieve the State's vision to reduce accidents and traffic violations and to provide maximum safety on the road.

Source: Press release