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Abu Dhabi Police catch 178 drivers tailgating in opening week of crackdown

New radars initially send warning texts but follow that up with fines for repeat offenders

Abu Dhabi Police catch 178 drivers tailgating in opening week of crackdown

Drivers were warned that radars would be introduced from January 15 targeting those who drove too close to the car in front. Image: @ADPoliceHQ

A total of 178 motorists were slapped with fines from Abu Dhabi Police in the first week of a crackdown on tailgating on the emirate’s roads.

Drivers were warned that radars would be introduced from January 15 targeting those who drove too close to the car in front.

But it appeared the warnings were ignored by some, with 178 motorists caught between January 15 and 19.

The radars initially send warning texts to offenders, who are then issued with AED400 fines and four black points for persistent offending.

Police have said drivers should leave a gap of at least two seconds between themselves and the vehicle in front, although this should be increased to take account of the road conditions – for example, if it is raining or if visibility is poor.

Vehicles driving too slow in the fast lane will also be picked up by the radars, with similar AED400 fines issued.

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