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UAE citizens urged to take photos of children not wearing seatbelts

Residents told to hand evidence to police to clamp down on dangerous driving

UAE citizens urged to take photos of children not wearing seatbelts
Photo for illustrative purpose. (Getty Images)

UAE residents have been asked to take photographs of children sat in cars without their seatbelts on and report it to police, according to The National.

Residents must also take photos of any child sat on a driver’s lap, as part of a clampdown on dangerous driving.

“Putting a child in a driver’s lap places the child in a dangerous situation,” said Khaled Al Kamda, director-general of Dubai’s Community Development Authority. “It is part of our responsibility to create responsible citizens. There is no argument against reporting a situation where a child’s life is in danger.”

Al Kamda told the newspaper that asking people to report such behaviour and hand the evidence to police is part of their “moral duty” as citizens. It is also required under legislation contained in the Child Protection Law that came into effect in June.

However, Al Kamda added that any photos must be sent only to the police and nobody else.

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Fentoni 3 years ago

Really?? Imagine a Indian or Pakistani driver trying to take a picture on his phone of local woman driving with her kids who are running around the inside her huge white Nissan Patrol. What if she complains to the police about him harassing her? The poor guy will be locked up until he can prove he was doing a good deed and if he's unlucky and the picture doesn't come out then he'll be charged with using a phone whilst driving on top of any other charge for harassment etc. Dangerous stuff.

tony 3 years ago

wont happen, cause the nissan patrol will have super tinted windows which would make it impossible for anybody to see inside

SKAND BHARGAVA 3 years ago

Is this call not against the law that prohibits taking pictures in similar situations? A couple of years back we heard a man being jailed for taking picture of another person who was assaulting someone in a road rage case, if my memory serves me right.

Ed B 3 years ago

This is totally contradictory to earlier advice from authorities to not take photo's or video unless consent from the person / people is received. Is this really communicated by the police? Can they guarantee that that taking photo's as suggested will not land us in trouble, without exception?


Ann 3 years ago

Yes that is a real scary thought!! I have been tempted several times to take these pictures and send to the police ( in fact I have taken it at least 3 times ) but because of the experience of people who have tried to be good citizens and ended up in trouble- I have deleted these pictures. Just the thought of all these legal problems and stress those good citizens' went through frightened me off.

Telcoguy 3 years ago

We all know perfectly well when people land in problems. It is not so much about taking a picture but about who shows in the picture.
Looking forward to the usual reply.

Fentoni 3 years ago

You're obviously not a pro in these matters, the trick is to take your 'good citizen' photo through the 3 inch patch of untinted window around the wing mirrors!

dashcam 3 years ago

ok so are dash cams approved also here then?

Bill 3 years ago

I wouldn't trust the article and the recommended action cited from Community Development Authority. It needs to come from WAM or Dubai police at the very least.

Andy 3 years ago

Yeah, don't tell the police. Say something directly to the parent or driver. Shame may do the trick....