By Gavin Gibbon
Motorists who break the law will be fined AED400
Drivers in the UAE who allow young children to sit in the front seat of vehicles, will be hammered with a AED400 fine.
Police have issued the stern warning via a social media campaign as they look to crack down on those who flout the UAE Traffic Law.
In a tweet, Abu Dhabi Police have stressed that children below 145cm and younger than ten-years-old are now allowed to sit in the front seat and should be sat in the back seat, safely secured and buckled up.
“If an accident takes place and the child is not wearing the seatbelt, they can be thrown with a force that is similar to falling from the 10th floor,” a statement from the police said.
Global research shows that seat belts save 40 to 60 percent of lives and in the case of children, up to 80 percent.
The Federal Traffic Law indicates that safety seats are mandatory for children under the age of four.