As part of an ongoing effort to improve road safety in Qatar, the Traffic Department has conducted its first community workshop, educating some 43 representatives of different organizations on the most common mistakes made on the road.
The trainees, who hailed from various Asian countries, including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, were briefed for four hours on road rules for both drivers and pedestrians, the Ministry of Interior said.
Common mistakes made by pedestrians included:
- Incorrectly judging the speed of oncoming cars due to weak eyesight or stress/depression caused by work;
- Crossing at roundabouts; and
- Flouting traffic rules out of ignorance.
Common mistakes made by drivers included:
- A failure to move vehicles in a minor accidents to the nearest parking area;
- Driving vehicles slowly on fast roads, especially by new drivers from Asian countries;
- Talking on the phone while driving;
- Not fastening seat belts;
- Approaching signals and roundabouts at high speed;
- Running red lights; and
- Overtaking from the right side
The Traffic Department plans to hold another training session for other organizations next month. To participate, send a fax expressing interest and a contact number and email address to 44323339.
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