Saudi Gazette report
MAKKAH — Security agencies monitor more than 150,000 vehicles that enter Makkah every day during the holy month of Ramadan, said Brig. Ayed Bin Obaid Shuraim, commander of the special force for highway security.
“We monitor these vehicles when they pass through security inspection centers in Shumaisy and Nawariya,” he added.
He said the Shumaisy center monitors 80,000 vehicles while the Nawariya center 70,000 vehicles daily during the holy month when hundreds of thousands of Muslims visit Makkah to perform Umrah and attend Taraweeh and Qiyamullail prayers.
“These security control stations monitor traffic violations and excesses. Police also check violators of iqama and labor regulations,” Shuraim told Al-Madina Arabic daily.
“When we see excessive movement of vehicles we turn them toward the Old Makkah Road or Al-Laith Road,” the commander said.
Officers at the two centers stop all vehicles to check the number of passengers and make sure they follow traffic regulations to reduce accidents, Shuraim said.
“We have deployed our forces along roads that lead to Makkah,” he said. “Vehicles pass through six security centers, which have been provided with necessary facilities and security officers in order to control traffic and prevent security breaches,” he added.
He said a “Bashir” system has been introduced to register traffic violations, which has reduced traffic violations — such as excessive use of horns — by 40 percent.
“Our main objective is to ensure the security and safety of pilgrims and visitors who come to perform Umrah and pray at the Grand Mosque in Makkah,” he said.
“We also check food vehicles to ensure they do not carry any contaminated or expired foodstuff. We hand over vehicles that have violated regulations to relevant authorities,” he added.