Dubai: Red-light runners in Dubai will pay larger fines and lose more demerit points under new rules coming into effect from July 1, said Dubai Police on Wednesday.
The fine for entering an intersection against a red light will increase from the existing Dh800 to Dh1,000.
Motorists found guilty will also get 12 black traffic points, up from the existing eight points and cars will be confiscated after July 1 for 30 days, double that of the current 15-day confiscation period for red-light infractions.
“Crossing red signals is one of the most dangerous traffic offences in the country as stats showed it can cause accidents followed by deaths and serious injuries beside damage. Usually, drivers accelerate when they cross the road signal and this can result in serious accidents,” said Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the Traffic Department in Dubai police.
“Some drivers speed when they reach a yellow signal and it’s a dangerous behaviour as he can cause direct impact with other cars especially at major junctions,” he said.
According to Dubai Police, 9,130 drivers jumped red signals in the emirate in the first quarter of this year causing 33 accidents and injuring 38 people, police said on Tuesday.
That compares to 119 accidents related to red light jumping recorded in the first three months of 2016. Dubai Police logged a total of 25,814 red-light offences in 2016.