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No fine for drinking tea while driving: Dubai Police

Police deny reports that Dh800 fines are to be issued to those caught drinking chai karak while behind the wheel

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Dubai: Dubai Police on Saturday denied reports about issuing traffic fines of Dh800 to anyone drinking chai karak while driving, saying it was misleading news.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Assistant Chief for Operations Affairs at Dubai Police, and Director of Federal Traffic Council, was responding to a media report about a ban on eating and drinking while driving.

“It is not true news. Unlike using mobile phones, drinking and eating while driving is not prohibited,” Maj-Gen Al Zafein said.

However, Dubai police said that for their own safety, drivers must refrain from all sources of distraction when driving.

“Based on the new traffic law, which will be activated on July 1, any motorist can be fined for being distracted by anything from focusing on the road, like using a phone, texting”, or anything else that causes distraction.

The police clarification came after a newspaper reported that drivers will face a Dh800 fine for drinking drink chai karak while driving.