Urgent Emirates: Traffic violations from passengers paid for by the driver of the car

Passengers, by engaging in inappropriate behavior within the vehicle while it is in motion, cause infractions to be recorded against the driver, who is held liable by the Traffic and Traffic Law in such situations.

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Not tightening seat belts, allowing underage children to sit in the front seat, or causing the driver to be distracted from the road, whether by phone or otherwise, are all examples of incorrect passenger behavior.Brigadier General Mahmoud Yousef Al Balushi, Director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, told Emirates Al Youm that the vehicle driver is fully responsible for any violation of the system, and passengers must follow his instructions in all matters relating to security and safety procedures, adherence to traffic law, and refrain from distracting attention while driving.The driver must also pay attention to the road and not be distracted by others to avoid traffic violations, as item (32) regarding violations committed inside the vehicle specified a fine of 800 dirhams when distracted from the road while driving due to the use of a phone or in any other way.Al Balushi also emphasised how dangerous driving without a seat belt is, and the importance of using one for everyone, drivers and passengers, to save their lives and the lives of others, as it helps avoid most traffic accident injuries and mitigates the complications of collision and impulsive force, emphasising the continuous interest in providing the highest safety standards.According to Clause (51) of Ministerial Resolution (178) of 2017 regarding traffic control rules and procedures, which are imposed on passengers who are not committed to wearing a belt, Al-Balooshi confirmed that the penalty for not wearing a seat belt while driving against the driver is four traffic points and a fine of 400 dirhams. He also paid 400 dirhams while driving.

He emphasized the importance of adhering to the places where children sit, as the penalty for allowing a child under the age of ten or who is less than 145 cm tall to sit in the front seat is 400 dirhams, according to Clause (49) of Ministerial Resolution (178) of 2017. Traffic control was tightened in Law No. (5) of 2020 regarding vehicle impoundment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, so that violators must also pay 5,000 dirhams to release the vehicle, and Clause (50) of the same ministerial decision stipulates a financial penalty of 400 dirhams in the event of non-compliance. Provide kid safety seats for youngsters aged four and under while they are in the car.

passengers in the back seat

High indicators of injuries and deaths in road accidents owing to not wearing seat belts in recent years caused the Federal Road Council to require back-seat passengers to buckle seat belts, impose financial fines, and record four black traffic points against violators.

The Council attributed the adoption of the seat belt recommendation to the concern raised by the indicator of passenger deaths and injuries in traffic accidents, particularly those sitting in the back seats who do not fasten their seat belt, making them vulnerable to injury and death, as well as the increased risk of death of front seat passengers.

scientific research

According to specialized worldwide studies, the chance of mortality for a passenger in the front seat wearing a seat belt increases if an accident occurs and the passenger in the back seat is not wearing a seat belt.

According to scientific studies, when an accident occurs, the car abruptly stops, while the passenger rushes forward at the same speed as the car. kilometer ahead, murdering or injuring himself and the other passengers in the car by striking them, smashing the windows, or flinging himself out.

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