Over 1,270 drivers fined for breaching rules during fog in UAE

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 26, 2020 | Last updated on September 26, 2020 at 08.04 am
1,270 drivers, fined, breaching rules, during fog,

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The penalty for not adhering to safe driving instructions during fog is Dh500 and four black points, according to the Federal Traffic Law.

More than 1,270 motorists were fined on UAE roads last year for not complying with traffic rules during foggy conditions, authorities have revealed.

New figures issued by the Ministry of the Interior also indicate that traffic agencies across the country recorded 1,098 violations against motorists caught driving during extreme foggy weather, which is against traffic regulations. Authorities also registered 175 violations for driving in fog without using the low lights.

To curb such unsafe driving during low visibility conditions this year, the traffic departments have intensified their patrols on the highways and main streets to alert motorists about the dangers of speeding and committing other traffic offenses, as well as deter them from pulling over the road sides.

The penalty for not adhering to safe driving instructions during fog is Dh500 and four black points, according to the Federal Traffic Law.

Fog expected this week

Dr Ahmed Habib from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) earlier this week told Khaleej Times that fog was expected in scattered areas of the UAE as humidity levels have started rising and summer temperatures gradually dropping.

"Minimum and maximum temperatures will decrease over the coming days. Fog is expected during early morning hours from Tuesday to Saturday," he pointed out.

The Abu Dhabi Police on Tuesday reported the death of three people following a road accident during the morning hours as a result of driver's lack of attention and low visibility conditions. 


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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