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Jail time for UAE motorists caught driving recklessly



Last Saturday recommendations from The Federal Traffic Council stated that those caught driving recklessly should be held in jail for a period not exceeding 24-hours, according to Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of Dubai Police Traffic Department.

“Accidents where speed was found to play a crucial part are responsible for 70 per cent of traffic deaths across the country,” Major General Al Zafein said. Reckless driving is thought to count for over 30 percent of traffic accidents in the UAE that prove fatal.

In a previous bid to reduce the number of fatalities resulting from speed, it was recommended that motorists caught driving 50 percent over the speed limit should be arrested.

Major General Al Zafein said that the council’s recommendation is to jail reckless drivers in the area where they are caught for the offence.

The council further recommended a new system to allow parents and guardiens to teach their children to drive a vehicle safely, as long as the guardian has been driving for more than two years and has a clean driving license with no violations.

This comes shortly after a new fine of AED1,000, which will be imposed of anyone caught eating, drinking, applying make-up, reading, adjusting head scarves, taking a video or smoking while driving. On top of the fine motorist will receive 12 black points on their license. These actions come as part of 10 new activities added to the list of things considered “driving in a dangerous manner”.

Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Assistant Police Commander-in-Chief for Operations in Dubai, said:  “All these offences will be classified under one offence involving failure by the drivers to concentrate on the road by getting busy with other things.”

He also reminded motorists that use of mobile phones is completely banned while driving, even when the car is stopped at traffic lights.

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