The UAE saw a new crop of traffic regulations come into effect from July last year. Most prominement amongst them was the mandatory introduction of seat belts in the back seat. These were not required by law previously.
Now, Gulf News reports that over 10,000 motorists were fined for not wearing their seat belts in the last six months alone! And would you believe that these fines were all issued in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The capital's traffic police issued a fine of Dhs400, along with four black points for the offence. That's a lot of money!
Brigadier Mohammad Dahi, director of Abu Dhabi Traffic Patrol department, said a total of 10,766 fines were issued in the last six months of 2017. The fines were given to drivers and passengers both in the front and rear seats of vehicles. Dahi also urged all motorists to wear seat belts for safety reasons.
Do you wear a seat belt when driving? Please do!