By Lynne Roberts
New system to be introduced on March 1 aims to curb 'alarming' rise in traffic fatalities.
A ‘black points’ system against UAE motorists who violate traffic rules will be introduced on March 1, in a bid to reduce fatalities on the country’s roads, an official said on Wednesday.
“The steady rise of traffic fatalities in the country is quite alarming. To curb this phenomenon, we are imposing a set of stricter penalities including the introduction of black points system in addition to fines”, Ministry of Interior undersecretary, General Saif Abdullah Al-Shafar, told state news agency Wam.
According to Al-Shafar, the system will coincide with a raft of strict penalties introduced under the newly amended federal traffic law.
Under the new law, motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol will be fined at least 20,000 dirhams ($5,446) and jailed.
The same penalty will apply to motorists who leave the scene of an accident.
Those caught driving without a licence will be fined least 5,000 dirhams or serve three months in jail, as will motorists who flout previous driving bans.
Motorists who give false information to police officers will be fined between 2,000 and 5,000 dirhams or face a three month prison sentence.
Traffic authorities are to launch a massive awareness campaign to highlight the new law and associated penalties, and encourage a new culture of driving, Al-Shafar said.
According to government statistics, one person is injured on UAE roads every two hours, with one fatal injury every fifteen hours.
1,053 people were killed in road accidents in the country in 2007.
What about speeding? This is the main cause of accidents but there is no mention of increasing the penalty for this offence?
This is OK, since many people here drive like crazy, after repeating some dangerous behaviour their driving licence should be taken permanentlyâ€¦ another good thing would be to reduce the speed limit in cities from 100 or 120 km/h, to normal 60 km/h, because many drivers go even faster than 120 km/h, and that is why there are so many people dead on the road.
I've already noted that government licensed cars are exempt from this black points system. As I drove home down the SZR last night with a 4 x 4 flashing its lights at me, trying to overtake on the hard shoulder and practically glued to my rear bumper (I had no opportunity to pull over I hasten to add) I also did wonder whether the system would apply to Emiratis too....?!
Could the editor or somebody tell me if there is any law preventing people who 'STICK' their cars to the vehicle infront of them which are in the fast (last) lane & worthy to note ,the cars infront are at the maximum ALLOWED SPEED LIMIT .The unruly drivers do everything to kick the cars infront of them like heavily flashing lights ,sharply cutting ,using abusive language .