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Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you when driving in Dubai

driving too closeBeware from July 2015 Dubai police will be using radars to catch motorists who do not keep a safe distance away from the car in front of them.

Beginning from next month, July 2015, Dubai Police will use radars to catch motorists who don’t keep enough distance between vehicles, an offence also commonly referred to as tail-gating.
Fines and black points for violators will also be issued, according to Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commander, Operations, Dubai Police.
The fine for not maintaining a safe distance is Dhs 400 and four black points.

Maj. Gen. Al Zafeen made the announcement at a meeting where Director General of Traffic Police, Col. Saif Mohair Al Mazrouei, Col. Jamal Mohammad Al Bannai, Deputy General Director of Traffic and Maj. Hussein bin Ghalita Al Muhairi, Director of Traffic Technology Management were present.
Zafeen said the decision was sanctioned by the Major Genelar Khamis Mattar Al Muzzeinah, Commander of Dubai Police.
“This technology [of cameras] is one of the best ways to reduce accidents borne out of lack of leaving enough space between the vehicles which causes a lot of traffic accidents,” he said.

On how much distance is “enough”, General Al Zafeen said the cameras “will be in position to know the limit of the desired space and take pictures.
“The picture which would be taken in all directions of the vehicle – at any lane – would be retrievable and serve as evidence in case a motorist wanted to contest the fine.

Since the beginning of this year, 11 people have died in accidents in Dubai resulting from not keeping enough distance between vehicles.

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