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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Public report more than 42,000 traffic offences to police

Community policing reaches new levels as citizens blow the whistle on dangerous driving

Director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police Brig Saif Al Mazrouei is encouraging the public to report reckless driving in Dubai.
Director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police Brig Saif Al Mazrouei is encouraging the public to report reckless driving in Dubai.

Public policing in Dubai has reached new levels with more than 42,000 traffic violations reported to police from the community so far this year.

The We Are All Police initiative has helped track down scores of motorists accused of breaking rules of the road.

Dubai Police said it had followed up on thousands of motoring offences thanks to eagle eyed members of the public who had used the government app to report incidents.

“We urge the public to report reckless behaviour on the road to curb this phenomenon,” said Brig Saif Al Mazrouei, director of the general directorate of traffic in Dubai Police.

“Motorists committing traffic offences should be concerned that members of the public will report the incident to police.”

A total of 101,505 traffic offences have been recorded since the start of the year, of which 42,303 were reported by the public.

That number was up significantly from 38,163 publicly reported incidents during the same time period in 2016.

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The We Are All Police mobile app recorded 20,561 violations, while other offences were detected by officers on duty, surveillance cameras or public reports.

“Members of the public can either call Dubai Police or report the incident through the app,” said Brig Al Mazrouei.

“Police officers at the traffic department will check the cameras installed on the roads to ensure that the motorist has committed a traffic offence. Then, a fine will be issued.

“Residents have been cooperating with police and report incidents of traffic offences on the road. They are considering the initiative a social responsibility.”

A public-reported traffic offence must be accompanied by photographic evidence, police have said.

Traffic officers can then use a computer program to analyse the picture. Images must be sent within two hours of the committed offence and the picture must not be taken while driving.

To report traffic offences, residents can either call 800 7777, 800 4353 and 901, or they can register on the We are all Police programme and report the traffic offences.