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.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.