Drivers eating while driving can now be fined up to Dh1,000 and get 12 black points added on their traffic record under a new traffic law to be enforced in the UAE as part of a police campaign to reduce road accidents. Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Assistant Police Commander-in-Chief for Operations in Dubai, said the new offences include having drinks, applying make-up, reading papers, and using your mobile phone while driving.
He also said police will be authorized to fine drivers who are involved in such offences, adding that the offence and the fine amount would be determined by the policeman.
“All these offences will be classified under one offence involving failure by the drivers to concentrate on the road by getting busy with other things,” he told Al Bayan daily.
“The new law also involves impounding the driver's car if it is proved that the offence endangered other people,” he added.
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