Dh1,000, 12 black points for this offence in UAE


 Dh1,000, 12 black points for this offence in UAE

Abu Dhabi - The police implement a zero-tolerance policy towards reckless driving.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Sun 9 Jun 2019, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 9 Jun 2019, 8:58 PM

Police have stepped up measures to crack down on illegal street racing, especially in residential areas and on highways across the emirate.
The move followed the death of four people in a crash between two modified cars that were racing on a road in Al Ain, earlier in May.
The Abu Dhabi Police reported that the two cars were racing when one of them 'clipped the other', causing it to spin out of control and hit a lamppost. Both the driver and the passenger were killed. The driver of the second vehicle also lost control and ran over two women who were crossing the road, killing them.
Police said they have launched awareness campaigns and have also been monitoring youngsters who modify their cars to take part in street races.
Officers said these "young, irresponsible drivers" who race against each other endanger not only their own lives but also those of other motorists and pedestrians.
Brigadier Salim bin Barak Al Dhaheri, deputy director of the traffic and patrols department at the Abu Dhabi Police, said they had formed a joint plan with their counterparts in other emirates to monitor street racing and all the other illegal and dangerous practices that come with it.
"Young people should stop participating in these dangerous races and refrain from driving vehicles recklessly on the roads and residential areas," he said.
He warned that the police implement a zero-tolerance policy towards reckless driving.
Officers said drivers racing on streets and those who drive modified cars would be pulled over and their vehicles would be confiscated.
Reckless drivers face fines of Dh2,000 and 23 black points, in addition to having their vehicles impounded for up to 60 days.
Under the UAE traffic law, modifying a vehicle's engine or chassis without appropriate approval is illegal and attracts a fine of Dh1,000 and 12 black points. The violator's vehicle will also be impounded for 30 days.
The police also warned people against sharing street racing videos on social media, stressing that they will be held legally accountable.

Fines and penalties

Reckless driving
>23 black points
>Vehicle impoundment for up to 60 days
Modifying vehicle's engine or chassis
>12 black points
>Vehicle impoundment for up to 30 days

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