By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: Motorists committed more than 2.3 million traffic offences in Dubai in 2013, an enormous average of more than 6,600 violations a day, with speeding being the most common offence.
On average, every vehicle was involved in at least four offences in the past 11 months.
Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, chief of Dubai Police traffic department, said nearly 1.5 million of traffic fines were issued in the absence of drivers.
Police statistics also showed that more than 40,000 motorists used their mobile phones while driving. “Nearly 24,831 of these tickets were issued in the absence of drivers,” Major General Al Zafein said.
“The law does not require the police to record such an offence in the presence of the driver. The only difference is that the offence in the drivers’ presence involves four black points and Dh200 while that issuing such fines in absentia is limited to paying fine.”