UAE: Impounding vehicle for 60 days, DH2,000 fine for reckless driving behaviors

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The Dubai Police General Command has issued a stern warning regarding unsafe driving practices, specifically cautioning against behaviors such as hanging out of vehicle windows or sitting on vehicle roofs while in motion.

Major General Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, Director of the General Traffic Department at Dubai Police, highlighted the grave risks associated with such actions, citing five incidents last year alone where individuals sustained injuries from falling off moving vehicles during traffic accidents.

Major General Al Mazrouei emphasized that these reckless behaviors pose significant dangers to both the individuals involved and other road users. He stressed that perpetrators of such violations will face legal consequences under the Federal Traffic Law, including vehicle impoundment for 60 days, a fine of 2,000 dirhams, and 23 traffic points. Additionally, Decree No. 30 of 2023 allows for vehicle impoundment with a release cost of up to 50,000 dirhams.

Exiting vehicle windows or sitting on the roof while the vehicle is in motion is deemed highly irresponsible and could result in severe injuries or fatalities, particularly in the event of sudden stops or accidents. Major General Al Mazrouei underscored the importance of collective efforts to reduce traffic accidents, urging both law enforcement agencies and society at large to prioritize traffic safety. He noted that many accidents stem from non-compliance with traffic laws, emphasizing the shared responsibility of all individuals to adhere to regulations and exhibit responsible behavior on the roads.

In 2023, the General Traffic Department recorded a significant number of violations related to unsafe driving practices, totaling 1,183 instances. As a consequence, 707 vehicles were seized as part of enforcement measures. Major General Al Mazrouei reiterated the necessity for all members of society to uphold positive behaviors and demonstrate accountability towards themselves and others by adhering to traffic laws.

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