Driver caught using two mobile phones
A motorist driving on a Dubai road using two mobile phones and with no hands on the wheel was stopped and hit with a fine – of Dhs200.
Colonel Ahmed Al Murri, Head of Crime Scene Section of the Forensic Evidence Department at Dubai Police, told 7DAYS that he caught the Asian driver red-handed last week while he was off-duty.
His actions were just one of a number of “strange and dangerous” practices Dubai Police have witnessed in recent months.
Officers have handed out 31,461 fines to drivers for using their phones behind the wheel in the first six months of this year.
Al Murri said: “I was driving my car when I saw another vehicle driving slowly on the highway. The car wasn’t going in straight line either. It was a strange and dangerous sight.”
Al Murri pulled alongside the Asian motorist, whose nationality was not stated, and saw him talking into a phone in his right hand while using another phone with his left. Al Murri said the wheel was free and the car was veering. By Ali Al Shouk He said: “It was clearly dangerous behaviour and I asked him to stop. He claimed he had received an urgent call from his boss and needed the second phone to check a message to give it to his employer.” The current penalty is Dhs200 and four black points, but earlier this year, the Federal Traffic Council recommended to the Ministry of Interior to raise that to Dhs1,000 and 12 traffic points. There is no word yet as to whether the change will take place. According to Federal Traffic Law, any law enforcement officer, on or off-duty, can issue a fine if they catch a reckless motorist. Al Murri added: “Many deadly accidents have happened in Dubai, often within seconds of picking up a mobile phone. “I’ve seen a motorist drive straight through a red signal because he was busy on his phone. He was so close to causing a serious accident.”