UAE visitor fights drunk driving fine
A motorist who was fined Dhs2,000 for drink driving has appealed against his conviction.
The South African visitor was handed the penalty by Abu Dhabi Criminal Court after he was found guilty of drinking alcohol without a license and driving under the influence of alcohol.
At the Abu Dhabi Appeal Court yesterday, the man admitted to drinking alcohol a few days before he was stopped by cops but denied driving under the influence.
“I had alcohol a few days after I arrived here,” he said.
“I didn’t know it was forbidden to drink alcohol without a license.”
His lawyer argued her client had no idea about UAE laws when he arrived and that there was no evidence he was drunk when he was stopped by cops.