The Traffic Department has launched an awareness campaign for learner drivers being trained at driving schools.
The first programme was conducted at the Qatar Driving Institute recently, where First Warrant Officer Fahad Shuraida delivered a lecture which was translated into Urdu. Officers Mohamed Yusuf and Hassan al-Hamr were also present. The Institute director Sameer Mohammed Saleh welcomed the attendees.
“Although new drivers tend to obey the traffic rules and regulations in the beginning, after a short period they start ignoring the rules,” said officer Fahad Shuraidah.
He explained the points system, where the driver’s licence will be seized for three months if they accumulate 14 points. The licence will be withdrawn if they continue to violate the rules.
Warrant Officer Shuraida spoke about specific traffic violations and the penalties for each, and presented videos of violations. At the end of the lecture he replied to questions from the trainees.
Traffic awareness officer First Lieutenant Riyad Ahmed said many driving schools such as Qatar, Gulf, Raya, Doha, Al-Khebra and Karwa are participating in the awareness drive aimed at raising the awareness among new learners.
This drive coincides with the implementation of executive regulations of Traffic Law that made it mandatory for driving schools to provide theoretical classes for the trainees, he said.
Lieutenant Riyad said that apart from the Traffic Department and driving schools, the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior is also participating in the drive. As part of the drive, there will be field visits to the driving schools, practical training for learners and distribution of leaflets that explain guidelines of safe driving, causes of road accidents and safety procedures on the road.
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