Posted on January 30, 2020

The General Directorate of Traffic is taking strict measures against violations of drifting and reckless driving. The punishment includes imposing fines, booking the vehicle and referring the violators to the Public Prosecution.

“The Department is inviting people to report such cases of violations immediately through Metrash 2 application especially the ones related to drifting because they expose people’s lives and property to danger,” said First Lieutenant Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, patrols and traffic investigations officer.

This came during a meeting on Tuesday, organised by the Traffic Awareness Department at the private Majlis of Saleh Al Nabet, CMC member for Constituency 11.  The gathering was attended by First Lieutenant Ahmed Mohammad Al Kathiri, traffic awareness officer; First Lieutenant Mohammad Rabia Al Kuwari, licensing affairs officer; Lieutenant Abdullah Marafiya, traffic safety officer, and a number of residents from the constituency.  The meeting came within the framework of the community partnership program being implemented by the department as part of its annual operational plan to communicate with all segments of society to spread road safety culture.

The attendees discussed a number of traffic issues including the problem of parking trucks in residential areas and the negative effects resulting from this violation. They also discussed other matters related to traffic engineering and safety in the region, enhancing traffic awareness on social media in order to reach more of people especially the youth. At the outset of the meeting, Al Kathiri, indicated that the General Directorate of Traffic is keen to hold such meetings that contribute to listen to people’s proposals and opinions, building bridges of communication with citizens, and listening to their queries and traffic problems being faced in different areas.

He also affirmed department’s keenness to continuously coordinate with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and the relevant authorities to raise the level of road safety and ensure the smooth flow of traffic, stressing that all attendees proposals will be considered. He also said in a statement that a special drive is underway against garages and vehicle accessories engaged in violating the instructions of the General Directorate of Traffic and would repair cars without approval from the department, adding that in almost every month, some of such shops and irregular garages were temporarily closed.

Other officers also praised the efforts of the Ministry of Interior and its concerns for the safety of lives of people and the development of services provided to the public. The attendees stressed the necessity of joining all officials and civil efforts to enhance the concepts of traffic safety among the youth, and urged the youth to participate in the targeted programs organized by the Ministry and various state institutions.