Seat belt violations account for 60% of traffic fatalities in Abu Dhabi

Close to 40,000 motorists were fined for not wearing a seat belt during the first nine months of the year

Seat belt violations accounted for over half of the traffic fatalities in Abu Dhabi during the first nine months of this year, according to latest data released by Abu Dhabi Directorate of Traffic and Patrols.

In the first nine months of the year, 60 per cent of the deaths and 54 per cent of serious injuries that occurred during traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi were caused due to the failure to wear seat belts, official news agency WAM quoted the report as saying.

A total of 39,956 motorists were fined for not wearing a seat belt during the period.

Brigadier Ahmed Al-Shehhi, Deputy Director of the Directorate, warned that driving without wearing a seat belt posed a potentially fatal threat.

“Wearing a seat belt reduces the severity of road accidents and shocks,” he said.

Under the UAE’s new traffic regulations implemented on July 1, failure to wear a seat belt is punishable with a fine of Dhs400 along with four black points.

Some of the other new penalties that have been introduced include a Dhs3,000 fine and 24 black points for illegally transporting passengers and a Dhs1,000 fine and six points for those found crowding during accidents.

Motorists who ignore traffic lights will be fined Dhs1,000, 12 traffic points and have their vehicle seized for a month, while those who allow children aged under 10 and below 145cm in height to sit in the front will face a Dhs400 fine.

Other rules include Dhs800 and four traffic points for using a mobile phone while at the wheel and Dhs400 and four points for tailgating.

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