Abu Dhabi to phase out traffic fine discounts after rise in road deaths

2016/07/26:
Abu Dhabi to phase out traffic fine discounts after rise in road deaths
The 50 per cent discount on fines currently handed to traffic offenders will be phased out from August 1, Abu Dhabi Police has said.

Authorities said the decision is intended to act as a deterrent to bad driving and improve road safety. It was made after a “thorough and in-depth” study on traffic safety measures, the force said.

The discount has been in place since 2010.

Last May, Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate said it was considering cancelling the discount.

“A plan to abolish the fine reduction system is part of preventive measures aimed at improving traffic safety levels,” said Brigadier Hussain Al Harithi, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police.

Al Harithi said road deaths in Abu Dhabi increased from 54 to 77 in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2015.

Road accidents also increased from 477 to 489 in the same period.

Sudden swerving, tailgating, straying into the next lane, jumping red lights and driving at excessive speed remain the most common causes of serious accidents.

:7days.ae

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