By Irfan Mohammed
JEDDAH — Road safety measures have to be followed by all stakeholders including citizens and residents, Jeddah Governor Prince Mishal Bin Majed has said.
He cautioned motorists not to use cell phones while driving. The habit, he said, is the prime reason behind road accidents. The governor emphasized that mobile menace on the road need to be eliminated.
He also advised motorist to fasten their seat belts to ensure their safety.
Speaking to the media after launching a Gulf Traffic week here on Monday, the governor said road safety is the primary responsibility of all stakeholders.
Prince Mishal said that there is a decline of 25% in road accidents in Jeddah governorate and efforts are being made to reduce them further.
The governor also met with several people who became physically handicapped after fatal accidents. They hailed traffic police campaign toward safety.
The 33rd Gulf Traffic Week is being being observed in other provinces of the Kingdom and also in Gulf countries.
This year’s theme is “Hayatak Amanah” (Your life is a trust).
The week-long activities will focus on road safety and traffic awareness among the motorists. Saudi Red Crescent Society, Civil Defense, ministries of health and education, SASO, Saudi Electricity Company and NAJM (motor accident survey company), various security agencies and others are participating in the campaign.
Prince Mishal also toured stalls set up by various government agencies displaying traffic norms and road safety tips.
The governor was welcomed and accompanied by Brig. Salman Al-Zakri, director of Jeddah Traffic Police and other high-ranking officials.
He was briefed by Lt. Zaid Al-Hamzi about the traffic police efforts for creating awareness among motorists, especially the youth, which have contributed in reducing the fatalities.