Police in Dubai have launched a crackdown on motorists smoking shisha while driving, with officials mulling a change in the law in a bid to stop the behaviour.
General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, head of the Federal Traffic Council, said in comments published by Dubai daily 7Days that officers have stopped motorists and issued fines after catching them smoking shisha while behind the wheel.
The paper said some firms are even marketing car shisha devices and Al Zafeen said he will take the issue to the traffic council and push for a change in the law nationwide.
There is no specific offence under UAE law of smoking shisha in a vehicle but police officers have been told to fine motorists under careless driving laws until a solution can be found.
“I’m surprised at this new habit of smoking shisha in cars, it’s clearly dangerous,” he was quoted as saying in the paper. “Such acts make the chances of traffic accidents more likely.”
Anyone caught smoking shisha inside a car will be fined AED500 ($136).
Al Zafeen told the paper the Federal Traffic Council would be discussing the matter and he would be proposing “strict laws”.
He added that police also intend to target websites that advertise special car shisha kits.For all the latest GCC 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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