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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Ajman introduces 'golden points' system to reward good driving 

Ten motorists who remain traffic violation-free for one year will win an award 

The number of accidents on Ajman roads during Ramadan has dropped by more than a fifth. Sarah Dea / The National
The number of accidents on Ajman roads during Ramadan has dropped by more than a fifth. Sarah Dea / The National

Ajman police have launched a "golden points" system to reward ten drivers who have gone one year without committing a traffic offence to encourage road safety.

Lt Col Saif Abdullah Al Falasi, head of the traffic and patrols department at Ajman Police, said: “We hope to encourage more motorists to try and take part in golden points by following rules and driving safely. Those whose traffic files remain violation-free towards the end of next year, will be rewarded."

Motorists who follow traffic instructions and haven't incurred fines will be granted two golden points for every clean month. Ten of those who manage to collect 24 golden points by March next year will be honoured with an award; however, the nature of the award is still being discussed.

Lt Col Al Falasi said the emirate had already seen a 27 per cent drop in traffic accidents following a number of police initiatives, including traffic-fines free day.

“On this day, police officers do not issue fines against offenders. Instead they stop them, inform them of the violation they have just committed and explain to them the grave consequences of the offence,” he said.

Another successful campaign sees police "intercept radio transmissions within 400 square meters of a traffic incident to broadcast messages in 25 languages informing drivers to give way or be cautious".