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Almost 10,000 Dubai motorists fined for running red lights in four months

DUBAI // Almost 10,000 motorists were caught running red lights in the first four months of the year.

Dubai’s General Department of Traffic said 9,130 motorists were fined Dh800 each and were given eight black points on their licences.

The figure is an average increase from 2016 in which 25,814 fines were issued for running red lights in the emirate.

Col Saif Al Mazrouei, director of the traffic department, said offenders will also have their cars confiscated for 15 days.

“Jumping red light signals causes major accidents and sometimes it could be deadly,” he said. “Many drivers see a yellow light and start driving really fast trying to escape before the signal turns red. This kind of behaviour imposes major consequences and causes severe accidents.”

Red-light running led to 38 injuries in 33 accidents in the first quarter of the year.

Last year, three people died in 109 accidents caused by running red lights, police said.

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