jordan pulse -
Amman - The Middle East University organized an awareness workshop, in cooperation with the Directorate of Media and Community Police in the Directorate of Public Security, on the new traffic law, in the presence of the President of the University, Professor Dr. Salam Al-Mahadin, the Director of External Patrols, Brigadier General Yasser Al-Habahba, the Director of the Central Badia Police, Colonel Hani Al-Owaidat, and Major Malik Al-Qadi, Captain Hatem Al-Shawabkeh, deans of colleges, and members of the academic and administrative bodies.
In this regard, Brigadier General Al-Habahba said, in the presence of a number of security officials, that there are many factors that urgently required toughening the penalties, and another addition that was not present, including: the number of traffic accidents during the year 2022 reached 169 thousand accidents, resulting in about 12 thousand accidents. Including human injuries, at a time when the number of deaths reached 600, with a total cost of 322 million Jordanian dinars, and 1.6 billion dinars during the last 5 years.
He explained that the amendments to the Traffic Law come to enhance compliant behavior, prevent reckless driving, hold individuals responsible for their actions, educate the public, provide consistency and predictability, and address various threats to road safety.
Brigadier General Al-Habahba stated that the new traffic law will contribute to reducing accidents and saving lives on the roads, as traffic laws and strict penalties play a pivotal role in reducing violations of laws, adding that it addressed critical aspects of road safety, such as speed limits, traffic signs, and the right of way. Traffic lights, driving under the influence of alcohol, using a mobile phone, and not wearing a seat belt.
He stressed that severe penalties act as a deterrent to reckless and dangerous driving behaviour, as the fear of facing serious consequences such as fines, license suspension, or even imprisonment forces individuals to think repeatedly before violating traffic laws, pointing out that the latter are not static, as they evolve with technological progress, and changes in societal needs, as authorities regularly review and these laws to address emerging issues and incorporate safety innovations.
For his part, the Dean of Student Affairs at the university, in the presence of the deans of the colleges, and in the presence of members of the academic and administrative bodies, said that the relationship between the university and the Directorate of Public Security is exceptional and ongoing, explaining that the nightmare of traffic accidents has become a common denominator among Jordanian families, and that seasonal application must be avoided as it is. The general picture is shared by many citizens, adding that it is time for us to be serious about stopping bloodshed, wasting lives, creating helplessness, and cultivating fear.
The training workshop included a poignant theatrical production about stories of people who lost their lives as a result of reckless driving and failure to adhere to traffic rules, in addition to a dialogue session that included an extensive discussion about the possibility of finding solutions to the so-called traffic tragedy.