In a recent incident, a motorist in Dubai was arrested and fined Dh50,000 for tailgating and overtaking another vehicle in a dangerous manner. This was announced by the Dubai Police on Thursday. The police also released a video that captured the motorist’s reckless driving on the busy Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road. The video clearly shows the driver swerving and driving perilously close to another vehicle as he overtook it from the right. After overtaking, the driver braked multiple times, an act that could have led to a severe accident.
Maj-Gen Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, the director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, highlighted that the traffic patrol officers acted with caution. They closely observed and recorded the reckless driver’s actions before choosing the right moment to safely bring him to a halt. The officer strongly condemned such behavior, stating it violates public standards and the rights of other road users. As a result of this incident, the driver’s vehicle has been seized, and he has been penalized with 23 black points on his driving license.
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Maj-Gen Al Mazroui emphasized that “no one is above the law” and pointed out that aggressive driving behavior necessitates decisive action. He mentioned that the police invoked a recent law in Dubai that imposes heavier fines for reckless driving. According to this law, reckless driving is considered a serious traffic offense in Dubai, with violators required to pay a fine of Dh50,000. This penalty is applicable for offenses categorized under ‘driving a vehicle recklessly or in a manner that poses a danger to lives or properties’. The same penalty is also applicable for running a red light, while a stiffer penalty of Dh100,000 is levied for street racing.
Maj-Gen Al Mazroui further stressed the UAE police’s zero-tolerance policy towards tailgating and reckless driving. According to statistics from the Ministry of Interior, sudden lane changes and tailgating were among the leading causes of accidents in the country last year.