traffic policeman has been sacked for registering non-existent traffic
violations against unsuspecting Saudi citizens. The policeman was also
ordered to pay the fines he imposed for the phony violations. The
Traffic Department will now remove the names of the victims from the
list of traffic offenders.
recording traffic violations by Saudis as part of new regulations
adopted by the Traffic Department to reduce road accidents.
Saudi Arabia has
one of the world’s worst records on road safety.
figures released by the department, 4,848 people died in the Kingdom
in accidents last Hijri year alone. And 267,772 others were injured
during the same period.
It is estimated
that road accidents also result in SR7 billion in losses to the Saudi
economy ever year.
One person is
killed and eight are injured every two hours on Saudi roads.
Saudi victims of
the policeman who has been sacked discovered that the officer had
recorded nine incorrect violations on three tickets. The policeman
admitted to the “mistake” in front of his superiors, who assured
the Saudis that their names would be removed from the record of
The department has
set up a tribunal in Jeddah to try violators of traffic regulations
which is looking into cases registered by police patrol teams and
undercover agents monitoring the traffic in the city. It will also
hear appeals by alleged violators against the tickets issued to them.
The tribunal will
be ruling on cases concerning traffic offenses until the Justice
Ministry sets up separate traffic courts.
According to the
new traffic rules and regulations, the police will withhold driving
licenses when violations accumulate a certain number of points. The
issuance of passports, recruitment visas and exit-re-entry visas will
also be dependent on the payment of outstanding traffic fines.
Because of the new
regulations, Traffic Department offices are crowded with Saudis and
expatriates desperate to settle their fines. More than 800 people a
day are crammed into the department’s headquarters off Sahafa Street
in Jeddah alone.
Department in Jeddah has opened six additional payment centers across
the city to reduce the pressure. They were opened after an increase in
activity at counters during the summer vacation.
registers more than 90,000 violations in Jeddah each month — an
average of 3,000 a day. Running red traffic lights, parking violations
and driving in the wrong direction in one-way streets are the main
A new report
published by the Traffic Department in Jeddah said that out of 12,738
traffic accidents that took place in the city in June this year, 7,228
involved expatriates and 5,510 Saudis.
The monthly report
also highlighted that the figures for married people being victims of
traffic accidents was higher compared to those for bachelors. It said
the number of victims who were married stood at 8,323, while that of
bachelors was 4,415.
Lt. Gen. Asaad
Abdul Kareem Al-Fareeh, director of Public Security, recently launched
the second phase of a nationwide campaign for traffic safety. He
emphasized the vital role of citizens in maintaining safety on roads
in particular by informing security officials of any traffic or
second phase, with the theme “Your Safety is Our Motto”, will
focus on speeding as a major cause of accidents. The campaign will
also focus on the danger of driving under the influence of narcotics
and other intoxicants.
The campaign aims
to instill a sense of road safety in the public in addition to
building a rapport between the public and security officials. It will
be closely monitored and analyzed as the results are collated.
said that the first phase of the campaign had been a great success
resulting in an 8.6 percent drop in accident deaths and a
seven-percent decrease in injuries. The campaign started last November
by enforcing a new compulsory seat belt rule.