Abu Dhabi: A Saudi motorist was caught driving in the opposite direction on a Riyadh highway, endangering lives of other road users, police said.
The man, in his 30s, filmed his offence and posted the footage on social media, Major Khaled Al Kreidis, spokesperson of the Riyadh police, said.
“Investigation showed the man had stolen three vehicles, which were recovered,” major Al kreidis said.
The man was remanded in custody, all preliminary legal procedures were taken against him, and he was referred to the Public Prosecution, police said.
Saudi Traffic Department has warned against driving a motor vehicle against the direction of traffic saying the offence is punishable by a fine ranging from SR3,000 to SR6,000.
Causing an accident that results in death or impairment is punishable by a maximum of four years in jail and an up to SR200,000 ($53,321) fine, or both.
Wrong-way driving can occur on either one- or two-way roads, as well as in parking lots and parking garages, and may be due to driver inattention or impairment, or because of insufficient or confusing road markings or signage.
Some motorists intentionally drive in the wrong direction because they missed an exit, for thrill-seeking, or as a shortcut.