Traffic Violation Fines Generate Dhs 600 Million For Dubai

Dubai Traffic

In recent statistics revealed by Dubai police, traffic violators in Dubai paid Dh 600 million (about USD 160 million) as fines in 2008.

2.46 million traffic fines were issued in 2007 as opposed to 2 million fines in 2007, said Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police chief.

Intensifying traffic patrols and more speed radars have helped to reduce deaths due to road accidents, said the police chief.

There is a 12 per cent dip in road deaths in 2008, from 332 deaths in 2007 to 294 deaths in 2008, he said.

The most dangerous road is still Emirates Road with 46 deaths in 2008, compared to 67 in 2007. Close behind is Shaikh Zayed Road with 24 deaths in 2008, compared to 54 in 2007.

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Shaikh Zayed Road flooded

Traffic was backed up all morning on Shaikh Zayed Road on Friday after a water pipe burst and water blocked the Dubai-bound side of the road.

According to police, the water pipe burst at around 8am.

Shaikh Zayed Road was blocked from the Dubai Police Academy bridge to the Al Suqueim bridge near Al Manara. Traffic has been directed to Al Khail and Emirates Road.

Dubai Police, in collaboration with the Roads and Transport Authority, were working to restore access to Shaikh Zayed Road a quickly as possible.

A dozen tankers were seen at the site pumping up gallons of water blocking the road near the Times Square Centre. Diggers are also dumping sand to absorb the water.