In a harrowing incident, a motorist rammed his car into a group of people offering Maghrib prayer on the roadside on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road on Saturday, October 21.
According to Dubai Police, the man lost control of his 4x4 vehicle after his tire burst. The accident resulted in the deaths of two people and six others were also severely injured.
As a result, Dubai Police have now introduced a Dhs500 fine for anyone found parking their car on the side of the road to offer prayers.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said that roadside parking is a dangerous offence and can result in deadly accidents especially on highways, reports Gulf News.
“Saturday’s accident is a strong message to other drivers that it is dangerous to stop on the side of the road near traffic flow,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.
There are many mosques in the city and at petrol stations where motorists can offer prayers, Dubai police urges that these locations are used for prayer rather than roadsides.