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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

13,000 fines issued for running red lights in Abu Dhabi in 2017

Abu Dhabi Police said that the motorists were caught by surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras caught some 13,000 motorists running red lights in Abu Dhabi last year.

On Tuesday, Brig Ahmed Al Shehhi, deputy director of the traffic and patrols department for Abu Dhabi Police, said motorists running red lights caused 6 per cent of all traffic accidents in the emirate last year.

He said the accidents were predominantly caused by drivers who were not paying attention or those who speed to catch the end of a green light but end up colliding with other vehicles after the traffic light changes.

According to Ministerial Resolution No 178 for 2017, the fine for running a red light for motorists is a Dh1,000 fine with 12 black points and impoundment of the vehicle for 30 days. The fine is increased to Dh3,000 and suspension of a motorist’s licence for truck drivers.

On Tuesday, Brig Al Shehhi said there will be zero tolerance towards those who run a red light and called on motorists to drive safely and reduce their speed at intersections.