Dubai chalks out plan for safe New Year celebrations

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By Amira Agarib  www.khaleejtimes.com

With the target of zero road deaths in the country’s crosshairs for 2020, the Dubai Police are hoping to start the new year as they mean to continue with a warning to revellers that stunts and celebrations on public roads on New Year’s Eve will draw heavy penalties.

Motorists will be issued tickets and their cars impounded for three to six months if they park in the middle of the road to watch fireworks. — KT file photo
Motorists will be issued tickets and their cars impounded for three to six months if they park in the middle of the road to watch fireworks. — KT file photo

The Dubai Police have sent a warning to anyone hoping to ring in 2014 performing stunts or causing danger on the roads that there will be a ramped-up police presence on the night of December 31, with every junction in the emirate manned by a number of policemen, while car towings, seizures and traffic fines will be handed out liberally.

Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina said rallies and driving stunts will not be permitted on the notoriously frenzied occasion.

All roads will be secured by police officials and traffic police who will facilitate traffic movement and assist the public to ensure the crowded occasion goes off without a hitch.

Al Mazeina called on all to abide by laws and warned youths from racing their cars, saying celebrations do not mean putting people’s lives at risk. The announcement comes days after Khaleej Times reported drunk driving accidents in Dubai were up a massive 43 per cent in the year to November, compared with the previous year. More info

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