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Posted On: 29 August 2010 06:16 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Drop in traffic violations at Souq Waqif

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Despite the huge rush that Souq Waqif has been witnessing since the beginning of Ramadan, the traffic violations in the area have come down, a senior official of the Traffic Department has said. Lieutenant Ali Hamad Aswad Al Merri, assistant chief of the Heritage Police patrolling the Souq area attributed the decline to the increased vigil of the patrolling team. Eighteen special teams have been deployed to patrol the area since the beginning of Ramadan, in view of the huge rush. Souq Waqif remains to be the major attraction for Qatari and expatriate families during Ramadan, with its traditional ambience and the diversified shopping venues. The crowding is expected to increase in the coming days as Eid Al Fitr comes closer. The official said most of the violations reported from the souq were related to wrong parking. Some people deliberately park on the pavements and the dividers blocking the flow of traffic. Another common offence is parking in lots that are exclusively allotted for the disabled. Reacting to complaints about the functioning of the heritage police, the official said the patrolling team would not spare any one who violates the law, especially those who park their vehicles haphazardly. He urged motorists to reduce speed in the souq and be extremely cautious while driving, especially in the evenings when more people gather for shopping and entertainment.