Jumping a red light in Abu Dhabi will cost you over Dhs50,000
Jumping a red light can hurt a lot more than your wallet…
Abu Dhabi Police has shared a post on their social media channels warning motorists of the dangers of jumping red lights.
The financial and punitive costs for committing this offence are high, but should the action result in a collision, the real human cost could be much steeper.
If you’re caught crossing a junction whilst the red stop light is showing, you’ll be handed a Dhs1,000 fine. You’ll also have your license suspended for six months, receive 12 black points and your vehicle will be impounded for a period of 30 days.
The cost to claim your vehicle after the 30 days are up? Dhs50,000.
#تنويه | القانون رقم (5) لسنة 2020م بشأن حجز المركبات في إمارة أبوظبي
مخالفة تجاوز المركبة للإشارة الضوئية الحمراء هي 1000 درهم و 12 نقطة مرورية وحجز المركبة 30 يوم والقيمة المالية لفك حجز المركبة 50,000 درهم بالاضافة الى سحب رخصة قيادة السائق المخالف لمدة 6 أشهر .#شرطة_أبوظبي pic.twitter.com/zBMU42xdoW
— شرطة أبوظبي (@ADPoliceHQ) January 31, 2021
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Your wheels will be locked up until the total release fee has been paid, and if it’s not claimed within three months, off it goes to auction.
Local statistics shared by Road Safety UAE show that “seven per cent of all accidents causing major injuries or death are due to red light jumping”.
It’s estimated that this offense plays out over 200 times per day on the UAE’s roads, which is clearly excessive.
Tips for avoiding endangering your own life and other road users, as well as not copping a whopping Dhs50K in fines, include:
- If you’re approaching an amber light, slow down, do not speed up.
- Pay attention. Even in heavy urban traffic.
- Anticipate light changes, but do not act until you see the signal change,
Drive safe out there please Abu Dhabi.