Men fined for adjusting Arabic headdress while driving

New penalties aim to encourage people to concentrate on the road.
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The Ministry of Interior has issued instructions to traffic departments across the UAE to fine men $272 (1,000 AED) for adjusting their traditional Arabic headdress or combing their hair while driving. 

The penalty also applies to women caught applying their make-up behind the wheel, Colonel Saif Al Mazrouei, director general of the Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, said in a statement.

Motorists who violating the new rule can also receive 12 black points against their licence and have their vehicle impounded as Colonel Mazrouei said the behaviour constitutes dangerous driving under the purview of the Federal Traffic Law. 

Colonel Mazrouei said that he believe these actions are more dangerous than using a mobile phone while driving.

Elaborating on the use of mobile phones while driving, he added that any motorist holding a mobile in his hand and speaking while stopped at traffic lights or an intersection can expect to be fined $55 (200 AED) and receive four black points.

Colonel Mazrouei advised that in such cases motorists can use a hands-free kit, "stop at a safe place on the side of the road, or wait until one's destination is reached." 

The announcement follows a warning from police in the UAE to drivers who like to take selfies while being the wheel.

Yesterday, Gulf News reported that Sharjah Police fear a huge rise in accidents caused by drivers taking photos of themselves.

Major Abdul Rahman Khatr, director of communications at Sharjah Police told the paper: “The number one activity that should be occurring while you are behind the wheel is driving. Hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year as a result of distracted driving and these injuries and deaths are preventable.

"Put the camera down and wait until you arrive at a safe destination. Don’t let that driving selfie or video be the last photo you ever take.”Writing, surfing, or sending email while driving is also very dangerous," Col Mazrouei said.

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