Road accidents kill 175 in two years in Bahrain
Manama, June 8, 2014
Road accidents have claimed the lives of 175 people over the past two years in Bahrain.
The death toll comes as an eye-opener amid uproar over the new traffic law which stipulates a driving ban on expatriates, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Traffic director-general Shaikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa yesterday joined the heated debate, claiming that the new law will enhance road safety and ensure smooth flow of traffic.
He said it will empower policemen to crack down on dangerous driving which is causing carnage on Bahrain's roads.
"The new traffic legislation will be enforced on traffic violators only," he said, pointing out that the law will take effect six months after His Majesty King Hamad ratifies it.
He announced an awareness campaign will be launched soon to clarify the new provisions.
Traffic law penalties will be implemented gradually, starting with the administrative settlement of "settlement amount", which is an out-of-court settlement.
In the second stage, traffic violators will have to pay fines without any delay.
Should they fail to comply in time, their cases would then be referred to court for legal action.
The new law on traffic stipulates no out-of-court administrative settlements for dangerous violations, which put people's lives at risk.
Shaikh Nasser said administrative settlements would only concern minor violations. - TradeArabia News Service