The Traffic Department in Qatar has launched an initiative in partnership with other Govt. institutions and some private companies to instil a sense of road safety among motorists and deter them from speeding. Employees belonging to the department were seen handing roses and Iftaar meals to drivers at various traffic lights.
Speaking about the initiative, the Director of the Deparment, Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji said, ‘the motive of this initiative is to show gratitude to the motorists for conforming to the traffic rules and regulations’. The Director added that the Department is keen on sending the message to the people that the Department works for their welfare and safety.
Director Al Kharji joyously declared according to the department’s latest report accidents and traffic rule violations had witnessed a substantial decrease in the month of Ramadhan. During the Holy month of Ramadhan the department had organised awareness camps at shopping malls and Souq Waqif.
The department has put a special plan in place to avoid traffic congestion during Eid al Fitr holidays. Patrol units from the department will be stationed around residential areas, entertainment places and Eid prayer grounds.
Doing their part private companies donated large quantities of Iftar meals to the department for distribution among the motorists, Major Adiba stated. Al Shihaniya road, Abu Samra check-post were among the places where the meals were handed out to passing motorists.
Another company donated coupons worth QR900 which were donated among motorists to ease the installation of thermal insulation in their vehicles. Roses that were distributed at Cornish and Suq Al Ali among passing vehicles were donated to the department by a flower shop.
Stressing on the importance of interacting with motorists, Director Al Kharji said, ‘although the job of the department is to strictly enforce the traffic rules and penalise the violators of the same, the department believes that it is highly important to interact with the vehicle drivers and make them aware about the traffic regulations and also strengthen relations with the public on occasions such as Eid.