More than 30 students were injured in accidents in the UAE last year while they were being picked up or dropped off for school.
That’s according latest figures released by federal authorities, who told ARN News that there were a total of 46 incidents involving school buses in the emirates in 2016.
Dubai Police have launched a new traffic safety campaign aimed at making it safer for children to get to and from school.
Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Chairman of the Federal Traffic Council and the Assistant Commander-in-chief at Dubai Police, says it’s a shared responsibility.
Drivers who don’t stop when kids are gettting on and off a school bus will be fined AED 1,000 and receive 10 black points.
Meanwhile, bus drivers who are found guilty of not using the arm stop signs on their buses will be fined AED 500 in addition to being given six black points.
Dubai Police’s new traffic campaign will include raising awareness about road safety and increased police surveillance around schools.
– Reporting by Mohamed Suleman