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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Don't hold up ambulances or police on the roads, Dubai police urge motorists

Penalty is Dh500, four black points - and could cost someone their lives

Emergency medical workers try to find the location of an injured man in the Muhaisnah labour camp in Dubai. Vehicles can face difficulty fighting their way through traffic to get to the injured. Amy Leang / The National
Emergency medical workers try to find the location of an injured man in the Muhaisnah labour camp in Dubai. Vehicles can face difficulty fighting their way through traffic to get to the injured. Amy Leang / The National

Police in Dubai have urged motorists to give way to emergency vehicles or risk being fined and hit with black points on their licence.

In a series of social media posts, police reiterated the fines and said: "Remember that the penalty for not giving way to emergency vehicles is Dh500 and four traffic points."

Emergency services have long complained of vehicles failing to give way, in addition to seeing some drivers stopping to watch or video accidents, blocking crews in the process.

Between about 80 and 120 Dubai drivers have been fined each year, according to recent figures.

“We need to make sure that motorists move out of the way when they see emergency vehicles, especially ambulances, said Brigadier Omar Al Shamsi, deputy director of the operations department, speaking last year.

Khalifa bin Derai, executive director of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, also said at the time there have been cases of motorists getting in the way of ambulances operating at crash sites.

“We have had such cases and this not acceptable because we are talking about a person’s life here,” he said.

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