The 31st GCC Traffic Week opened at Darb Al Saai on Sunday 8 March 2015 by Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, the Director General of Public Security.
The events of this year are held under the theme ‘Your Decision Determines Your Fate.’ Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, the Director General of Traffic attended the opening ceremony along with officials from GCC countries, directors and officers of different departments of Ministry of Interior.
Director General and officials toured the exhibition pavilions held as part of the celebration. Along with General Directorate of Traffic, a number of departments like General Directorate of Coasts & Borders Security, General Directorate of Civil Defence, Community Policing Department, Police Training Institute, General Directorate of Information Systems, Medical Services Department, Juvenile Police Department, Public Relations Department, Criminal Evidence and Information Department, Preventive Security Department (Al Adied Programme), Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), participate in the events and arranged special pavilions in the exhibition.
Besides that many civil establishments and companies like Shell, Al Jaidah, Abdullah bin Abdul Ghani, Harley Davidson, Fahes, Department of Elderly and People with Disabilities, Qatari Lawyers Association, Mowasalat, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, Qatar Red Crescent, Darb Al Salama, Qatar Society of Al-Gannas and Emiri Guard Band also take part in the event.
Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi said that it is very essential to build a bridge of cooperation between Traffic authority and other civil and voluntary agencies to work together for realising traffic safety and reducing accidents.
Speaking to the media, Brigadier Muhammad Saad al Kharji said that the this year’s Traffic Week have set many programmes to inculcate the traffic culture and educate traffic rules among the children and youth. He urged the public to visit the exhibition and actively participate in the events to learn and understand. He added that increasing traffic safety awareness has led to a decline in accident mortality rates in Qatar. In 2013, the mortality rate was 10 for every 100,000 which fell to eight last year, which shows below the international average of 13.
The 31st GCC Traffic Week is taking place until 14 March 2015 from 8 am to 12 pm (noon) then 4 pm to 10 pm.