Abu Dhabi Police vows to crack down on illegal street racers

Offenders will be stopped, will have their vehicles impounded and will be prosecuted, warns senior officer
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By Sam Bridge
Wed 13 Jun 2018 02:04 PM

Abu Dhabi Police has announced a crackdown on youths who participate in dangerous street racing in the emirate.

Colonel Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, director of the Al Ain Traffic Department of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Central Operations Sector, said officers will "strictly enforce" the law against those who endanger their lives and the lives of others.

Offenders will be stopped, will have their vehicles impounded and will be prosecuted, he said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

He said that anyone participating in any gatherings that involves dangerous driving and drifting, as well as watching or sharing videos of dangerous driving and races on social media, will be held accountable.

He also highlighted efforts to control traffic through its patrols, investigations and smart systems, as well as to monitor reckless drivers who upgrade their engines to increase the speed of their vehicles, by applying Clause 73 of the Traffic Law that prohibits modifications to vehicle engines or chassis without the appropriate approval.

The punishment for breaking this law includes a fine of AED1,000, the impounding of the vehicle for one month and 12 traffic points, while drivers who cause noise pollution with the aim of showing off, will be issued a ticket, according to Clause 20 of the law, as well as a fine of AED2,000 and 12 traffic points, he added.

Al Zeyoudi called upon parents to observe the behaviour of their children and to prevent them from driving recklessly.

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Last Updated: Wed 13 Jun 2018 02:09 PM GST

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