UAE Motorists eating while driving will be fined up to Dh1,000 and have 12 black points added to their traffic record under a new federal traffic law.
The law will be enforced as part of a police campaign to curb road accidents, Emirates 24|7 has quoted a senior police officer as having said.
No eating, drinking, reading and applying make-up
Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Assistant Police Commander-in-Chief for Operations in Dubai, said the new offences also include having drinks, applying make-up, reading papers, and using the mobile phone while driving.
He said police would be authorised to fine offending drivers who are involved in such offences, adding that the offence and the fine would be determined by the policeman.
“All these offences will be classified under one offence involving failure by the drivers to concentrate on the road by getting busy with other things,” he told Al Bayan daily.
“The new law also involves impounding the offender’s car if it is proved that the offence endangered human lives,” he added.
No more selfies on road
Last week, Abu Dhabi Police had are warned drivers about the dangers of taking “selfies” or short videos to upload on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram while on the road.
Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Head of Public Relations Department of Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, said that taking selfies and videos while driving “fits within irregularities and falls under ‘preoccupation with the phone’.”
AED 200 fine and four black points will be issued to those who violate the law and cause dangers on UAE’s roads.
Major Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of the General Department of Traffic of the Dubai Police, said that the number of violations has increased over the years, and noted that the Federal Traffic Council has recommended tougher penalties and has suggested that any usage of mobile phones be punished with a Dh 1,000 fine, the seizure of the car for one month, and 12 black points.