Traffic signal violations in the sultanate came down by a whopping 67 per cent in 2020 compared to 2015, which can be attributed to drivers’ commitment to rules and regulations, Lt Col Zakia bint Hamad al Sanawyah, director of Traffic Violations Department at the General Traffic Department said.
“The percentage of red light violations was around 0.6 of the total violations recorded in 2020,” Lt Col Zakia said.
“The procedures for dealing with the driver of a vehicle, proven to have jumped a signal, include the arrest and detention of the driver for a period not exceeding 48 hours and seizure of the vehicle for a period not exceeding two weeks with the issuance of a report of violation of the first class,” she said. The red light has a major role in regulating traffic, she said, adding that any failure to comply with it results in serious traffic accidents.
The Royal Oman Police has run many campaigns that aim to educate users about the dangers of skipping the red light, beside other violations. The awareness campaign on the dangers of jumping the red lights drew over 120,000 views during the recent period on social media.