Traffic cops seek laws to end ‘dangerous’ acts
DRIVING with your sunglasses on at night, putting on make-up while behind the wheel or checking yourself out in the mirror could soon land you in trouble if Dubai’s top traffic cop gets his way.
General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen told 7DAYS he has a list of 14 road rules he would like to see become law.
He has handed that list to the Chief of Dubai Police and asked him to recommend them to the Interior Ministry.
Included in the proposals cops believe will make our roads safer are a Dhs500 fine for anyone wearing sunglasses while driving in the dark and a Dhs1,000 penalty for people displaying “dangerous behaviour which poses a hazard to road users”.
Al Zafeen said dangerous behaviour includes women applying make-up while behind the wheel and drivers checking out their appearance in the mirror.
Al Zafeen said: “I have seen many women putting make-up on inside their cars, especially when they are going to work in the morning. It’s dangerous behaviour because they are using the mirror and not paying attention to the road. Such behaviour can cause accidents.”
He added: “It’s not just women, we have also noticed some men taking care of their appearance by looking in the mirror.
“If these changes to the laws are approved they could also be fined.
“Such behaviour is even more dangerous than eating or using a mobile phone while driving.”
In October, Al Zafeen warned women about putting make-up on behind the wheel and revealed that four female motorists had been booked for preening in 2011.
Among the other recommendations made by Dubai Traffic Police was that all passengers in a vehicle must wear seatbelts. If they don’t, the driver could be in trouble.
Al Zafeen said: “We currently only ask those in the front to wear seatbelts but we want to change this.”
Other suggestions include increasing fines for a broken brake light from Dhs100 to Dhs200 and for poor tyre maintenance from Dhs200 to Dhs500.