866 drivers detained last year for driving without licence

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Police detained 866 drivers last year for driving without licence, it was announced on Monday.

Brigadier General Ahmad Al Hantoubi, deputy director of the central operations sector at the Abu Dhabi Police, said strict action will be taken against violators of the traffic rules and no leniency will be exercised.

As per the Federal Road Traffic Rules’ Article No 51, driving vehicles without a licence may land a person behind bars for up to three months and a fine not less than Dh5,000.

Al Hantoubi cautioned parents who allow their young children under 18 to drive.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior on Monday launched a countrywide road safety awareness campaigns to reduce road accidents and fatalities.

The ministry started five consecutive awareness drives that will continue until December.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Operations and Chairman of the Federal Traffic Council, said, the general police directorate’s vision is to achieve highest road traffic safety in the country by reducing the road fatalities to three persons per 1,000 residents by 2021.

In the last nine months of 2017, the UAE recorded 3.46 deaths per 100,000 population and more than 18 per cent road accidents occur in the country due to sudden swerving.

Al Zafein said, these road safety awareness campaigns will be run in all emirates of the country and would continue until December.


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