UAE: Pay A Fine Of Dh400 For Crossing The Roads Incorrectly

by Shrestha Purkayastha
by Shrestha Purkayastha 132

With  footbridges and smart pedestrian crossings, the UAE has established innovative ways for pedestrians to navigate roads safely. Yet, you will still find jaywalkers on UAE roads. According to figures released by Abu Dhabi Police, 7,800 pedestrians in Abu Dhabi were fined for jaywalking. The police has time and again urged pedestrians to cross only at designated crossings or to use the pedestrian tunnels and bridges. However now, if you are caught jaywalking in UAE, you can will have to pay a very hefty fine. Read on to know more!

What Is Jaywalking?

Are you wondering what is jaywalking? It is the act of crossing a road from an undesignated area. You should be mindful of the traffic lights even if you are crossing the road at a designated pedestrian lane. Be sure to only cross when the lights for pedestrian movement are green.

 

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Why Is It Dangerous?

It is no secret that jaywalking endangers the lives of pedestrians as well as motorists. Did you know that In 2018, Sharjah reported 30 deaths because of jaywalking? However, through awareness campaigns and footbridges, tunnels and zebra crossings, the number of pedestrian deaths has steadily decreased.

Imposing fine will discourage jaywalkers from crossing roads from non-designated areas. This, in tirn, will also help the drivers comply with traffic signals and drive at appropriate speeds. Last year, Abu Dhabi Police had also introduced new smart radars to identify jaywalkers and drivers who don’t stop at pedestrian crossing points. Dubai, too, has introduced Smart Pedestrian Signals to perceive the pedestrian movement.

Also Read: Dubai Introduced These 7 New Rules In 2021 That You Should Know About

What Are The Fines You Should Be Aware Of?

 The penalty for jaywalking is detailed in Federal Traffic Law Article No. 89.

 1. Anyone caught crossing a roadway outside pedestrian lanes – Dh400.

 2. Anyone caught crossing a roadway while ignoring traffic lights – Dh400.

Not Yielding To Pedestrians

According to the UAE traffic law, motorists can face a Dh500 fine and six black points if they do not give way to pedestrians.

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How To Safely Cross Roads

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority provides the following safety tips for pedestrians to safely use roads:

1. Don’t be distracted when using a zebra crossing, and do not use your phone for calling or texting.

2. Avoid headphones while crossing the road. Be alert to what is going on around you to stay safe.

3. Stay alert, look and listen to traffic in all directions.

4. Cross streets at a corner, following traffic signals where available.

5. Where available use footbridges.

6. Never cross the road when the pedestrian light is red.

7. Make eye contact and don’t cross until traffic stops.

8. Wear reflective clothing at night.

9. If there are no sidewalks, walk while facing traffic to see the coming cars.

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