x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dubai court suspends licences of 391 crash drivers this year

Traffic Court suspends licences of 391 drivers involved in serious accidents during the first quarter of the year.

DUBAI // The Traffic Court suspended the licences of 391 drivers involved in serious crashes during the first quarter of the year.

Chief Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha said 24 of the drivers had caused fatal crashes - eight of these had their licences suspended for one year, while the other 16 were suspended for between three to six months.

Licences were suspended for between three months and a year for the 311 drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and the eight who drove under the influence of drugs.

Mr Bu Farousha said that during the first quarter of last year, only 321 licences were suspended as a result of serious crashes. Of these, 20 drivers had caused fatal crashes, while 284 were convicted of drink driving and two of driving under the influence of drugs.

He added that anyone found driving while their licence was suspended would face three months in jail and a fine of up to Dh5,000.

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