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3,600 drove at over 200kmph on Dubai roads

The most reckless drivers who are driving in an aggressive manner are the UAE citizens. (GETTY IMAGES)

By Staff

The Director of Dubai Traffic Police Maj Gen Mohammed Saif Al Zaffin said that 3,600 people drove their cars on Dubai roads at speeds exceeding 200 km/per hour in 2010.

He also added, “The most reckless drivers who are driving in an aggressive manner are the UAE citizens,” in the interview published in Emarat Al Youm newspaper.

Zaffin cited a variety of reasons for this, including a lack of respect for traffic laws and indifference among youth.

He stated that parents of traffic offenders were too willing to cough up huge fines, which in turn created indifference among the youth.

He said, “I was visited by a citizen last week to pay the fines of his son. It amounted to Dh18,000, most of which was for speeding and driving recklessly.”

He added, “I advised the father of this young man not to take the fines lightly and to accompany his son to a hospital in Dubai to see the consequences of aggressive driving.”

However, to tackle the situation, Al Zaffin says Dubai Traffic Police have now decided to black list cars and drivers that are involved in reckless and dangerous driving.

The police will then track these violators to ensure they do not repeat their offenses. 

 “Dubai occupies a good ranking on the list of the lowest mortality rates from traffic accidents in 2010, recording eight deaths per 100,000 people. The United States recorded 11 deaths per 100,000, Spain 11 cases and Australia 13.8 cases per 100,000,” he added.