The General Directorate of Traffic has started a campaign to create awareness among pedestrians about the proper usage of roads as part of the Accident Free Summer drive aimed at bringing down deaths and injuries on Qatar roads.
Among the topics taken up at a safety awareness programme organised at Doha Corniche on Friday, the Traffic Department personnel stressed on the need to cross roads at designated areas and the importance of wearing reflecting jackets to avoid being hit by motorists during night-time.
Launched on July 3, the Accident Free Summer campaign is aimed at raising awareness about various violations including mobile phone usage during driving, illegal overtaking, parking at places reserved for the specially-abled and stopping in the yellow box.
During the programme, checkpoints were set up at different areas of Doha city focusing on errant drivers.
Officials guiding pedestrians to safely cross the road
Besides, an exhibition was organised in co-operation with the General Directorate of Drug Enforcement with the participation of a number of departments at the Ministry of Interior at the Mall of Qatar on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse.
A source said the campaign, that will also provide guidance to motorists, will be extended to all areas, including Dukhan.
This year, the General Directorate of Traffic has a special focus on curbing violations by pedestrians.
The Traffic Department has decided to enforce the law strictly in order to curb such violations.
Those who violate the law by walking in the middle of the road, not using pavements and not using the far edge of carriageways opposite to the direction of driving in the absence of pavements will attract a fine of QR100.
Pedestrians who cross roads at places other than the designated areas will be fined QR200 and a fine of QR500 will be levied if they won't follow traffic signals while crossing the road at intersections.
As per the plan, special patrols will be launched to check violations by pedestrians.
Cameras will be used to monitor the violations from part of drivers.