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Thousands fined in seatbelt crackdown in Abu Dhabi

More than 52,000 violators apprehended and residents call for stricter rules

  • By Nada AlTaher, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 20:00 August 18, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Wearing a seatbelt is for motorists' own safety and can be especially useful in case an accident occurs suddenly, police say.

Abu Dhabi: Police have cracked down on motorists by issuing more than 52,000 tickets during the first seven months of this year for not wearing seatbelts while driving.

Police have apprehended a total of 52,324 violators who did not wear seatbelts between January 1 and July 31 this year in Abu Dhabi.

Colonel Khamis Ishaq Mohammad, deputy director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said that the aim of fining violators is to remind them that wearing seatbelt is for their own safety and can be especially useful in case an accident occurs suddenly.

“Wearing my seatbelt is a must for me, and I often remind my passengers to do so as well. However, I have noticed that many in my community do not put on their seatbelt and usually complain and argue with me when I insist that they do so,” said Nour Samir, a 24-year-old mother of one and a post-graduate student.

Many drivers who do wear their seatbelt told Gulf News that they do so out of habit and cannot move their vehicle if they are not buckled up.

“It does not feel right to me if I am not wearing mine [seatbelt]. My father taught me to do so ever since I was a teenager learning how to drive. I do know people who do not wear theirs despite getting into a few accidents over the years,” said Egyptian Mohammad Al Ashri, 25, a computer engineer.

Residents said tickets issued to violators to increase the level of safety on the roads are proving inefficient. “Public service campaigns are not doing much, from what I am seeing. People need to get more direct warnings like the ones they receive from tickets,” Nour added.

The official urged motorists to wear their seatbelts regardless of how long or short their road trip is, as these devices are very effective in protecting drivers and passengers from facing the full impact of a collision.

“Those found to be negligent of following this safety procedure can be fined up to Dh400 and may receive four black points on their driving record. The Abu Dhabi Police does not aim to make any financial returns from fining residents but we aim to raise awareness and to protect members of the public,” Mohammad said.

“We have also found that behind almost every traffic accident, there is a violation that has been committed by one or more of the parties involved,” he added. 


Comments (7)

  1. Added 15:58 August 19, 2013

    I applaud the police taking action here. I am horrified constantly to see the utter carelessness some parents show on the roads with their children sitting or jumping around in the car while they drive without seatbelts. Those parents need to be fined heavily, and educated. That type of behavior is almost child abuse in my opnion as they can easily lead to serious harm or, god forbid, the death of their children. This really needs to be made a priority as I see it everywhere on the roads. Its one thing if adults dont care for their own lives on the roads driving without seatbelts, but children are the responsibility of their parents - negligence towards the safety of childrens lives should never be tolerated.

    Jonas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:05 August 19, 2013

    Please take strict action against those who using mobile phone while driving. They are so careless while changing the lane without signal as they are thinking it is their privilege to do so.

    Joji, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:03 August 19, 2013

    I requested police please take action those using phone while driving.

    Ali, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:41 August 19, 2013

    I was charged for seat belt without a reason, i keep on putting seat belts 24/7 and they charged me for not wearing seat belt on day and time where i never had been.. If you go to challenge it they wont listen to you.

    mark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:23 August 19, 2013

    this campaign must be done in Dubai and other emirates as well.

    felix, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:08 August 19, 2013

    I am amongst those drivers where I am not able to move my vehicle, if I do not have my seatbelt on, simply impossible to drive without it.

    Hamayoon Mubtakir, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:05 August 19, 2013

    I don't feel comfort driving without seatbelt. I have seen some of friends driving without seatbelt and they think its cool. Come on its for your own safety. Drive safe and keep UAE safe.

    Asif, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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