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Traffic and Transport
Reckless drivers to face stiff penalties

By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter
Published: December 17, 2007, 22:54

Ras Al Khaimah: Reckless drivers here will be jailed, fined and their vehicles impounded as new official measures will be implemented immediately to curb traffic violations.

"Reckless drivers will spend two weeks behind bars, will be fined Dh3,000 instantly and their vehicles will be seized for six months," said Colonel Nasser Salem Muradad, head of the Traffic and Licensing Department during a press conference held yesterday.

"The new measures initiated against reckless drivers were instructed by General Shaikh Taleb Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chief of RAK Police," he added.

Colonel Muradad said the same penalties will be implemented against reckless drivers all over Ras Al Khaimah, including the tourist area of Awafi.

"The police patrols were instructed to conduct intensive campaigns to detain violators and reckless drivers ... who drive without holding proper driving licences or those who drive vehicles that are not officially registered," he said.

He stressed that the same penalties will be applied on motorcycles and quad bikes even in the tourist area of Awafi. He added that motorcycles or quad bikes that are not officially registered or cause road accidents will also be impounded and their drivers will be held responsible for those accidents.

"The new measures initiated against reckless drivers here have been implemented in the shadow of the increasing numbers of road accidents where a total of 767 accidents have been reported in the first ten months of this year," he said.

He added that traffic violations committed in the tourist area of Awafi have been rising, adding that at least 4,000 vehicles enter the tourist area daily.

Colonel Muradad said the police patrols will increase the number of traffic violations they issue in absentia and increase the amount of the fine.

"Violations for failure to fasten the seatbelt and failure to use the hand free set when using the mobile phone will be increased," he said.

"A fine of Dh2,000 will be instantly imposed on a vehicle which exceeds the legal percentage of glass tinting on cars," he said, warning that once a traffic violation is issued by any of the police patrols that it will be redeployed all over the emirate.

"It is the spring vacation and Eid Al Adha and police patrols have been given strict instructions to handle the traffic issue in the emirate more strictly and with solid determination not to leave room for any violation," he added.

Accident: One dies in bike crash

An Emirati was pronounced dead on Monday when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by a compatriot on Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street in Al Kharran.

A senior officer from the Traffic and Licensing Department said medics pronounced the 26-year-old identified as H.A.H. dead at the scene when his motorcycle rammed into another car driven by a 23-year-old Emirati identified as M.M.H. who sustained light injuries.

The officer added that both the car and the motorcycle were badly damaged. He said once the accident was reported to the authorities, several police vehicles and ambulances arrived at the scene and took the victim's body to Saqr Hospital's morgue and later the Public Prosecutor authorised delivery of the body to the victim's family for burial. The prosecutor ordered the detention of the vehicle's driver until all investigations into the accident have been completed.