Driver caught us­ing two mo­bile phones

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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.”

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