New traffic rules pay off in Dhukhan
The Dhukhan traffic jurisdiction has the cleanest record, with not a single instance of death caused by a road accident, according to the Traffic Department's statistical overview for the period from January 1 to August 5 this year, obtained by The Peninsula.
"There has been a significant decrease in the number of accidents since our department promulgated the new system of monitoring offences based on points," said Captain Ali Rashid Al Athba, a senior official attached to the Airport Traffic Department.
Mamoura and Al Wakra traffic jurisdictions top the figures for deaths caused by accidents on road. Mamoura reported 27 deaths while Al Wakra, the emerging suburb, came second with 25.
Perhaps, the reason behind fewer accidents in Dhukhan is that it has a dual carriage road and there is no congestion because the population density is low compared to Doha. Being an industrial town, it has very few people with cars since the workers commute in buses.
"Most people travel by Karwa buses or company buses," said Iftikar Ahmed, water plant operator at Qatar National Cement Company, who lives in Umm Bab, 25km from Dhukhan. "Around 1,200 people live in Umm Bab and hardly 25 people have cars due to low income levels."
A report published by The Peninsula on April 27 this year said, "Al Shamri cited Dhukhan and Salwa roads contain unsafe road diversions planned by the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, and the Traffic Department. Some of these diversions are acute twists and, coupled with poor lighting, can easily lead to accidents."
The situation has changed for the better in Dhukhan since then. As of August 5, the total number of minor accidents was 150, with nine cases of minor injuries and two of major injuries. No death due to accident was reported and no car was abandoned in this jurisdiction.
The zero death rate and drop in accidents around Dhukhan reiterates the success of the awareness campaigns and other initiatives of the Traffic Department and other groups. For instance, the Dhukhan Security Department had organised a seminar on "No for accidents…No for drugs" as part of its awareness programme on traffic rules and the dangers of drugs on February 19 at Jamilia Preparatory School for Boys. The seminar was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Al Jamilia Youth Centre.
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