Abu Dhabi: With the Abu Dhabi Police issuing fresh warnings about the penalty for jumping a red light, motorists would do well to brush up on the toughest traffic penalties, which also involve vehicle impoundment.
A number of harsh traffic fines have been announced by Abu Dhabi Police in a bid to enhance traffic safety. They include penalties of up to Dh51,000 for jumping a red light and up to Dh50,000 for racing on the roads.
These are two of five different violations that can invite stiff punishment aimed at discouraging reckless behaviours that can result in severe injuries and fatalities. The police has also reiterated that impounded vehicles not claimed by owners, after paying off fines, will be auctioned off three months after the date of impoundment.
Fines of Dh50,000 at a glance
Jumping a red light: Dh1,000 fine, 12 black points, six-month confiscation of driving licence, 30-day vehicle impoundment and Dh50,000 to release the vehicle from impoundment.
Colliding with, or causing damage to, police vehicles: Dh50,000 fine to release vehicle from impoundment, payment of expenses for damage inflicted
Participating in unauthorised road racing: Vehicle impoundment, Dh50,000 to release vehicle from impoundment
Driving a vehicle without valid licence plates: Vehicle impoundment, Dh50,000 to release vehicle from impoundment
Dangerous or reckless driving in a manner that endangers the lives of the driver or others: Vehicle impoundment, Dh50,000 to release the vehicle from impoundment
Making unauthorised changes to chassis or engine of vehicle: Vehicle impoundment, Dh10,000 fine to release vehicle from impoundment
Allowing children below 10 years to sit in the front seat of a vehicle: Dh5,000 fine, vehicle impoundment
Causing an accident due to speeding, sudden swerving, failing to maintain sufficient distance, or failig to prioritise crossing pedestrians: Dh5,000 fine, vehicle impoundment
Exceeding designated speed limit by over 60 kilometres per hour: Dh5,000 fine, vehicle impoundment
Total traffic fines exceeding Dh7,000: Vehicle impoundment, all fines to be paid to release vehicle from impoundment