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Screen grab from a video released by the Abu Dhabi Police showing hazards of using mobile phones while driving Image Credit: ADP

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Police has warned drivers against being using handheld devices while driving, and released a video on its social media platforms to demonstrate the hazards of the behaviours.

In the clip shared by the police, a nasty traffic accident occurs because of phone use by a motorist driving a red sedan. The motorist fails to notice the red light on his side of the road, and enters the intersection as other vehicles are crossing, headed in the opposite direction.

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The red sedan crashes into a white SUV, which veers off course. The sedan itself spins out of control and its front is completely wrecked.

“Being distracted with the phone at a traffic light puts road users at risk,” the Police warned.


In Abu Dhabi, the use of handheld devices falls under the offence of distracted driving, which is penalised with a Dh800 fine and four black points. Running a red light is however a major traffic offence, with a Dh1,000 fine, 12 traffic black points, suspension of the motorist’s license for six months, a 30-day impoundment for the vehicle, and a Dh50,000 impound release fee. If the vehicle cannot be released within three months, it is also auctioned off.