Dubai Police fine over 11,000 motorists for abruptly stopping on road

The violation caused 8 deaths and 21 injuries last year.


Sherouk Zakaria

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Published: Thu 27 Jan 2022, 3:48 PM

Last updated: Thu 27 Jan 2022, 10:56 PM

Dubai Police slapped 11,565 motorists with a Dh1,000 fine and six traffic points for abruptly stopping on the road last year, which usually happens when a vehicle breaks down.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, Director General of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said the violation caused an increase in accidents that caused eight deaths and 21 injuries last year.

"Stopping on the road and failing to follow the standard procedures have caused 11 accidents which took the lives of eight people, injured 21, and damaged 24 vehicles last year," Al Mazrouei confirmed.

Dubai Police issued an advisory urging motorists to conduct regular maintenance on their vehicles to avoid causing or being involved in accidents that can cost lives or severe damages to vehicles.

Al Mazrouei said drivers must act swiftly when their vehicles suddenly break down. "They are highly advised to follow the proper steps of using hazard lights, moving vehicle to the shoulder of the road (if moveable) and watching out for oncoming vehicles to prevent collisions."

He explained, "In the unfortunate case of an accident happening and the driver is unable to move the vehicle, it is advised to switch hazard lights on, put a warning triangle on an appropriate distance for the vehicles approaching from the back, get out of the car, head to the side road and call the police."

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