Stunt driving: Sheikh Mohammed orders 3 violators to clean Dubai streets

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The young motorist who performed dangerous stunts with his vehicle on a wet road in Dubai’s City Walk during rain and damaged property will be cleaning Dubai roads for four hours per day for a month as community service.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the 17-year-old driver of an SUV and his two friends who performed stunts with their car on City Walk last week to do community service, which includes cleaning the streets.

The driver and his companions who were present with him in the car during the stunt has to perform the community service including cleaning the street, 4 hours daily for 30 days, a tweet from Dubai Media Office said.

The incident, which was caught on camera, went viral and drew widespread criticism from people.

In the video posted online, several people are seen running for safety as the vehicle careens dangerously close to them.

“The stunt was made amidst busy traffic in the presence of families and children, violating traffic laws and general road etiquette,” said Dubai Media Office.

Police swiftly arrested the Emirati men and filed cases against them. Community service is an additional punishment but it is not known when it will begin for the driver and his friends.

The offender was referred to the Juvenile Prosecution after being charged with endangering people’s lives, damaging public property and fleeing the scene, Gulf News reported.

His vehicle has been seized and he will have to pay Dh100,000 to get it back.

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Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said the driver did not have a driving licence and that he took the car from the family’s driver as his parents were not at home.

Following the incident and another involving a quad bike rider, Dubai Police asked residents to report dangerous driving. People can record traffic violations and send them through the ‘We Are All Police App’.

Published on 24 February 2017

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