Indian fined $6,806 for drunk driving, crashing vehicle in Dubai

Dubai, Nov 21 (IANS): An Indian man has been fined 25,000 dirhams ($6,806) for drunken-driving and fleeing the scene after crashing his vehicle into a car in Dubai.

The 39 year-old Indian was driving through a neighbourhood in Bur Dubai when he lost control of the car and swerved into another vehicle that was parked on the right side of the road, The National reported.

The man, whose name was withheld in the report, fled the scene after causing the accident on August 18, but was arrested within a few hours by the police after cameras identified the car number plate.

He admitted to the police that he was driving his car under the influence of alcohol, following which he spent two days in custody before being released on bail.

Judges have ordered him to pay 25,000 dirhams and said he would be jailed for eight months should he not comply.

He was also penalised for failing to attend his hearing at Dubai's Traffic Court.

There is zero tolerance for drunk driving with regards to the UAE's legal practice.

The penalty for drunk-driving and driving under the influence includes imprisonment and a possible fine of at least 20,000 dirhams, including confiscation of the vehicle for 60 days

Additional penalties may include suspension of driving licence for a period of three months to two years.

Regulations for drinking apply to both residents, non-residents, as well as tourists.

In the UAE alone, close to 14 per cent of the road accidents are caused by drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol, local media reported.



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  • jb, Mlr/ dXb

    Mon, Nov 21 2022

    This is a very common problem in Dubai . People get drunk and drive and once they hit something ,they will need to pay these amount if they have to come out of the jail. Its been there for a longtime for years and still continues ...

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Mon, Nov 21 2022

    There are plenty of taxis 24 hours in Dubai and it is not at all advisable to drive after drinking... Also the guy should have stayed at spot because for sure he would be caught due to network of sophisticated cameras... I was also caught once while driving a bit drunk way back in 1999 and then the police left me after a piece of advise... Not anymore... Nowadays they are very strict...

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 21 2022

    In India you are fined for drunken driving but after paying fine you can continue driving . If you paying bribe again you can visit another bar drink & drive no issues

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  • Nawaz, Saudi

    Mon, Nov 21 2022

    If you are willing to pay fine (or bribe police) one can keep drinking and driving in india.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 21 2022

    ಅಯ್ಯೋ..... ಊರುಡ್ ಮಲ್ತಿ ಲೆಕ್ಕ ಗಲ್ಫ್ ಡ್ ಮಲ್ಪೊಡ್ಚಿ ಮಾರಯೆರೆ !!!! ಮರ್ಯಾದಿ ಒರಿಪಲೆ.

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