Posting photographs or videos of accidents in the UAE on social media sites could lead to jail and a fine of up to AED150,000 ($40,800) under the country’s cybercrime law.
In addition, anyone found obstructing or blocking roads near accidents sites can be hit with a AED1,000 ($270) fine.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has issued fresh warnings on social media and said the circulation of accident images “is deemed an irresponsible behaviour among citizens. It is also a violation of the law”.
It added: “Taking pictures of accident scenes and sharing them online is against the UAE’s values derived from the Islamic concept of tolerance.”
Police said not only do people crowding around crash sites cause extra stress for those involved, they also hinder emergency services attending the scene.
In a report by Khaleej Times, Brigadier Khalifa Mohammed Al Khaili, director of traffic patrols at Abu Dhabi Police, is quoted as saying: “Crowding and taking photos at accident sites could delay the work of traffic patrols, ambulances and civil defence vehicles, which will result in worsening the condition of the injured or may even cause fatalities.
“People should consider the serious consequences of such ‘uncivilised behaviour’ which may endanger their lives and the lives of others.”For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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