Watch: UAE driver causes collision after last-minute lane change on highway

Caught on police cameras, the serious violation is punishable by fines of up to Dh1,000 under the federal traffic law

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Published: Fri 10 Nov 2023, 2:46 PM

Last updated: Sat 11 Nov 2023, 10:30 AM

An SUV crashed into a pickup truck in Abu Dhabi after the driver changed lanes at the last minute on a busy highway. The Abu Dhabi Police shared a clip of the accident on Friday, highlighting the dangers of sudden deviation and reckless overtaking.

In the footage, the orange SUV is seen changing lanes right as he exits a major road. This, however, was only the first violation.

The motorist then drives towards the left lane of a diverging road but, at the last minute, the vehicle shifts to the right, bypassing restricted lines, and ends up hitting a pickup truck.

The impact was so bad that the truck's rear end jumped and went sideways.

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Here's the clip.

The Abu Dhabi Police reiterated its warning against swerving and wrong overtaking.

"Always ensure that a road is clear before overtaking or moving to another lane," they said.

"Do not move between lanes in a reckless manner and make sure you are using the right lane if you're moving to another road."

Sudden deviation is a serious traffic offence punishable by Dh1,000 fine and four black points, the penalty for wrong overtaking starts at Dh600 and can go as high as Dh1,000, depending on the offence.

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