Running the red light willresult in a fine of SR 500

Updated 31 December 2012

Running the red light willresult in a fine of SR 500

The second phase of the automated traffic violations monitoring system (Saher), focusing primarily on awareness about the dangers of running red traffic lights, is already a big success. Media spokesman for the Jeddah Traffic Department, Zaid Al-Hamzi, said the project, which started recently, will continue for a full month.
The Jeddah Traffic Department also launched an information campaign and extensively advertised in various types of media, as well as via social media channels and street billboards, to define the objectives of this campaign. They asked drivers to be cautious and comply with regulations so as not to be caught by Saher cameras.
This week, brochures and pamphlets that explain the new system in detail, will be distributed in Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi to drivers in Jeddah by traffic patrolmen deployed in the field.
Al-Hamzi said this system’s regulations include the need for drivers to stop fully for two seconds before turning to the right, committing to the path of the triangle at the traffic light in addition to the need to stop well before the stop sign when the traffic light is red. Otherwise a traffic violation will be recorded against the driver instantly through surveillance cameras.
He also said that drivers should be alert not to turn into a main road from a service road, when the signal is red and move to the front to give way to others. Drivers should also not try to catch the green light by speeding in excess of the limit specified as this is also monitored by Saher in its new system and a speeding ticket would be issued.
Fines for the aforementioned violations would come to a minimum of SR 500.
The whereabouts of Saher cameras that monitor all irregularities are said to be on the intersection of Granada Street with Prince Majed Street, and Prince Sultan Street with King Abdullah Street. The cameras are now ready to work and monitor violations.
Later more intersections and streets will be outfitted with cameras. The department will announce their location in due course.
Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Hassan Al-Qahtani, director of Jeddah Traffic Department, will issue a statement later to shed more light on this system. The goal of this campaign is primarily to maintain the safety of the general public, whether they are drivers or passengers, in addition to raising their awareness on traffic systems and special traffic laws.

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.


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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.


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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.