The UAE government takes proactive steps to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors. Along with well-defined regulations for motorists to ensure road safety, there are also detailed rules for pedestrian safety in Dubai. Disregarding these basic road safety rules for even a brief moment in busy, congested areas can increase the risk of accidents.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN DUBAI
Rules regarding road safety, signs and signals are outlined by the government to reduce the risk of accidents. Detailed data analysis and scientific research are conducted before any changes are suggested. The idea is to minimise the risks for both drivers and pedestrians and make the city safer.
RULES FOR PEDESTRIANS
There are some rules that pedestrians have to follow while walking on the roads of Dubai.
SAFE CROSSING AREAS
Accidents generally occur when pedestrians cross the road carelessly and ignore the designated crosswalks or intersections. Some people risk their lives by jaywalking in Dubai, which is a punishable offence with a fine of AED 400. There are designated crossing points such as pedestrian bridges, underpasses, zebra crossings etc. which should be used at all times. You have to wait for the pedestrian signal light to turn green at crossings before moving forward.
Motorists recognise the crossing points and reduce the vehicle speed, hence chances of an accident are reduced significantly.
Using the sidewalks even when the traffic is light can save you from unfortunate incidents. If there is no sidewalk, one should always walk on the left side of the road. You should always watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots. Stop and make sure it is safe to move before crossing the street.
AVOID USING THE MOBILE PHONE
‘Eyes on the road at all times’ is the golden rule one has to follow. This also means no use of mobile phones. Even if you are using earphones, there are chances that you could be distracted. So make sure to avoid using your phone and even if you are listening to music, reduce the volume so you can be warned of any incoming traffic.
As an adult, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of any accompanying child. Always hold their hand firmly, so you can lead them or stop them from getting into harm’s way.
Parking spaces can be particularly dangerous, given that a driver’s view can be obstructed. Hence, when moving around in a parking lot, it’s important to be extra vigilant.
RULES FOR MOTORISTS PERTAINING TO PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
If any motorist fails to give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing, the fine is AED 500. Offenders will also receive six black points for such instances. There are some zebra crossings in Dubai without the general traffic signal as well. So as a driver, you have to be careful and follow zebra crossing rules.
Recently, Dubai Police has installed solar-powered smart devices at designated road crossing spots. These smart sensors have been installed on both sides of the roads. Hence, when any pedestrian crosses the road, a red indicator lights up, which means all motorists have to give way. Any violation is recorded and sent to the Dubai Police’s server and will lead to a fine.
Jumping a traffic signal could get you a fine of AED 1,000 and 4 black points. Often just after the traffic signal, there is a zebra crossing. Hence, being reckless might cause a serious accident. You must always slow down and be prepared to apply brakes when entering a crosswalk as pedestrians can move into your path.
It can be tempting to peek into your mobile phone while driving. But, this can divert your attention and lead to extreme consequences. Even when your vehicle is not moving at a signal, it is best not to use your mobile. In fact, it is illegal to use a mobile while you drive. It leads to a fine of AED 800 and 4 black points.
It’s mandatory to slow down when a school, a playground and other such spots are close by. You also need to lower speeds in a neighbourhood that has parks and walkways. Kids are energetic and require constant supervision when playing and walking near traffic so drivers have to be responsible.
Pedestrian safety in Dubai is a priority for the government. However, the government can only enforce laws. Eventually, the general public has to be cautious in their approach and follow all the rules. Before you start driving, it is your duty to be aware of all the updated traffic laws in Dubai.
Always follow the speed limit and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a parent or teacher, you need to teach safety tips for crossing the street and things to remember when walking to children. Dubai public transport fines are also imposed to protect people.