Tuesday, February 4, 2014

UAE: Drivers in Dubai Face US$218, Impoundment of Vehicle for 15 Days

According to the UAE's TheNational, motorists who drive through a red light should be sent to jail, according to the head of the emirate’s Traffic Prosecution department. 

Drivers currently face a maximum punishment of a Dh800 fine (US$218), seizure of their car for fifteen days and eight black points.

Salah Bu Farousha al-Falasi wants to see the punishment for driving through a red light and causing the death of another person to be placed on the same level as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and killing  of one or more persons. Punishment for the latter is prison for up to seven years.

If someone is killed by a motorist driving through a red light, there is no specific article in the law that helps prosecutors seek a tougher sentence.

COMMENT: Al-Falasi said that, in 2012 and 2013, 181 people were victims of accidents involving driving through a red light, while 107 offenders were killed during the same period.

Seemingly, with a per capita income of $48,158 and a population of 9.2 million, the UAE could benefit by video surveillance cameras being installed at major intersections throughout the country, in order to increase revenues for the country and deter violators far more effectively.

Although foreign women are entitled to drive in the UAE, do keep in mind that local police make a tidy sum from the country's zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated.

Please see my previous postings on foreign women being raped in the UAE.