Ras Al Khaimah: Traffic officers in Ras Al Khaimah caught 71 Emirati students who were driving without a licence, officials said on Monday.
The offenders were caught in two days after officers carried out random inspections when they noticed that a number of youngsters were driving vehicles on the roads.
On Sunday, the police caught 25 students and on Monday a total of 46 students were caught.
out of the 71 students, 25 offenders were from just one school, while 46 Emirati students were from other schools, said a senior police officer.
The age of the offenders ranged between 15 and 17 years.
The department launched inspection campaigns in several schools in the emirate at the beginning of the new academic year to ensure the students’ safety.
Colonel Ali Elkum, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department at Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the students who were caught drove their parents’ vehicles.
The schools were not named by the officer, who added the inspections were conducted between 7.30am and 8.30.
Colonel Elkum said the inspection was carried out following orders from Major General Ali Bin Alwan, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police.
The officer pointed out that traffic officers noticed some students driving vehicles to their school. The issue was then raised with the police chief who instructed traffic officers to monitor the students closely.
Col. Elkum said that the files of the students caught driving without licence have been transferred to the public prosecution for legal action.
Col. Elkum called on families and guardians to watch their children and urged them to abide by traffic laws.
He also stressed on the need to educate young adults about the dangers of driving without a licence and violating the traffic laws.
He called upon the parents to never allow their children who have not obtained driving licence to drive cars.
Ras Al Khaimah Police carry out traffic awareness campaigns throughout the year on the dangers of driving without a licence.