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Dhs5,400 fine for allowing a child under 10 in front seat of a car in Abu Dhabi
A fine of Dhs400 will be imposed on the motorists, plus the financial value for dismantling the seized vehicle would be Dhs5,000.
Abu Dhabi Police warned members of the public not to allow children in the passenger seat of the vehicle.
The police said that children below the age of 10 would not be allowed to sit in the front.
The authorities said those who are caught risking the lives of children would be heavily penalised.
The Police said according to the Law No. (5) of 2020 regarding the seizure of vehicles in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the violation of allowing a child under the age of ten years to sit in the front seat of the vehicle.
A fine of Dhs400 will be imposed on the motorists, plus the financial value for dismantling the seized vehicle would be Dhs5,000. The police said the payment to release the vehicle must be paid within three months.
The police stressed that in the event of non-payment of the dues, the vehicle would be referred for sale in the public auction. The police urged parents to be aware of the major risks posed by placing their children on their laps while driving, highlighting its keenness to promote the culture of traffic and raise awareness of relevant preventive measures and how to safely seat children in vehicles.
It also pointed out the importance of seating children under the age of four in appropriate child seats. They should be put in a child seat and restrained by the seatbelt when being seated in the rear of the vehicle. This must be followed till the child becomes as tall as 145cm. "When they reach this height, they should then use seat belts," police added.
As part of its continuous efforts to lead the Abu Dhabi Government’s digital future, the Department of Government Support – Abu Dhabi (DGS), represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), has announced that it has completed development of its model for traffic safety and road accident reduction, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Police.
The two departments have launched the ‘VAST’ system for automated detection of seat belt and mobile phone violations.
The ‘VAST’ (Vehicular Attention and Safety Tracker) system, aims to preserve the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users, as well as raising awareness and educating the community on the importance of following safe driving practices, as part of efforts to lead the digital future of the Abu Dhabi Government and enable an innovative and effective digital government.
The Abu Dhabi Police has developed a radar monitoring system to capture high-resolution images under a variety of conditions via artificial intelligence cameras, which help with analying images and rapidly detect seat belt and mobile phone violations. Offending drivers will receive an SMS notification of the violation directing them to rectify their behaviour immediately.