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Police fine 130 motorists in Abu Dhabi

Reckless drivers and motorists with modified vehicles arrested in latest campaign

  • By Nada Al Taher, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:41 July 1, 2013
  • Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Police have fined 130 motorists for reckless driving and making vehicle modifications during a 10-day period last month, as part of their campaign to reduce dangerous driving on the roads in the emirate.

From June 10 to 20, 52 people received tickets for reckless driving while 78 others were fined for installing extra features in their vehicles in Al Ain.

Violations included drifting using vehicles and motorcycles, fitting them with speed and noise enhancers, among other acts often carried out by the younger generation during the summer holidays, said Brigadier Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, director of Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrol Directorate, in a statement on Monday.

According to the official, individuals attempting to show off can often be the cause of major accidents if drivers fail to sufficiently control their vehicles, resulting in grave injuries and even deaths.

Therefore, patrol cars equipped with cameras to capture violators have been set up in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region to ensure safety on the roads this summer.

Al Harithi said that adding extra features to vehicles, if done improperly, can increase the risk of fire breaking out in the modified vehicles, especially during accidents.

Police officials urged parents to only allow their children to drive vehicles and motorcycles which they are licensed to operate.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 14:07 July 3, 2013

    Fining Reckless drivers is 100% required and is a good move by the authorities but what about the drivers driving at ridiculously slow speeds on the open highways. For e.g. Dubai Abu Dhabi highway. Drivers are noticed driving at 100 km to 120km inthe fast lane even though the maximum speed is 140KMPH using thier phones for msging, calling and therefore swaying from left to right unknowingly in the fast lane. This not only frustrates the other drivers driving behind these type of drivers who just refuse to give way then they are forced to overtake from the right which also may be booked as a lane discipline violation. Is there a solution to this??

    Chris, Dubai, India

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