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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

More than 1,500 people fined Dh400 for jaywalking, police say 

Ajman Police ran campaign after an increase in deaths from run-over accidents caused by people crossing busy roads at undesignated points. 

The public are urged to use safe, designated crossing points to ensure their own safety. Sarah Dea / The National
The public are urged to use safe, designated crossing points to ensure their own safety. Sarah Dea / The National

A crackdown on jaywalkers in Ajman has led to more than 1,600 people being fined Dh400 each.

Police said 1,652 people had been fined for crossing the road from areas that were not safe to use.

Lieutenant Colonel Saif Abdullah Al Falasi, deputy director of patrol and traffic department at Ajman Police, said that the campaign ran from June 27 to July 13, with patrols keeping an eye on key junctions where it is unsafe for people to cross from undesignated points.

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“We launched the campaign because of the increase in the number of deaths from run-overs that are basically caused by the victims crossing from wrong places,” he said.

“Most violations were committed by Asians and Africans on Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Road.”

The officer urged the public to use safe, designated crossing points to ensure their own safety.

“The fine was doubled because this form of violation is very dangerous and claims lives,” he added.