The General Directorate of Traffic Monday announced it will intensify traffic patrols during the holy month of Ramadan in all regions of the country to ensure smooth flow of traffic movement and to reduce accidents.
In a press statement, Assistant Director of Traffic Awareness Department Lt. Col. Jaber Mohamed Adeebeh said that the General Directorate of Traffic has established a comprehensive traffic plan for the month of Ramadan.
He added that the aim of the plan is to protect all road users from the risks of traffic accidents, and to ensure smooth flow of vehicles through the spread of traffic patrols in all regions of the country throughout the day, with a focus on peak times, and the period before and after Iftar.
He also indicated that Ramadan is an occasion to promote correct traffic behaviour among all segments of society, and to enhance community awareness of traffic rules in order to preserve property and lives.
Lt. Col. Adeebeh explained that traffic patrols will work during the holy month to secure traffic on commercial streets and the areas surrounding complexes and public places.
Patrols will also intensify their work at the entrances, exits of cities and external roads to monitor movement of trucks to ensure they adhere to the timings for driving.
The Ministry of Interior has set the peak times during which trucks are forbidden to travel during Ramadan from 7.30am to 10am,12.30pm to 3pm, and 5.30pm to 12am.
Regarding the role of traffic patrols to strengthen the precautionary measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, Lt. Col. Adeebeh stated that these patrols will play their role in monitoring and following up the implementation of decisions related to preventing the spread of virus and to ensure the extent of commitment to the permitted number inside a single vehicle, in addition to ensuring the commitment of road users to download Ehteraz, and to follow all other precautionary measures such as wearing mask and distancing in vehicles for transporting workers.
In terms of providing services to visitors, the Traffic departments have completed all their preparations to provide their services with ease during Ramadan.
The Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department operates from 9am until 2pm, while the Traffic Investigation Department works round-the-clock, and the technical inspection departments are open from 8am until 4pm except on Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Traffic Awareness Department at the General Directorate of Traffic has prepared a varied awareness plan to improve safety on the road during the holy month of Ramadan, which includes a number of remote activities so that the plan takes into account all precautionary measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The plan includes meetings with members of the Central Municipal Council, in co-operation with the Hamad Trauma Center, to find out the traffic situation in the geographical constituencies, to listen to inquiries and questions of citizens in those departments, to correct traffic problems if any, and to inform the people of the geographical departments of the health, social and economic risks of traffic accidents, and the importance of monitoring children to reduce wrong behaviour.
It also includes educational lectures for communities, and another for order delivery drivers, as well as religious lectures urging adherence to correct traffic behaviour on the road, in addition to intensifying awareness messages through the Traffic accounts on social media sites, and through television programmes for children in co-operation with Al Rayan Channel, in order to promote traffic safety requirements for the young.