(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Applying makeup while driving and wearing sunglasses while at the wheel at night could invite fines if Dubai Police's recommendations sent to the Ministry of Interior are implemented.
The Dubai Police have recommended 14 amendments to the federal law pertaining to traffic violations to the Ministry of Interior in a recent report. The report proposes a hike in fines for some traffic violations and addition of some new violations.
"Applying make up while driving requires the use of both hands which may cause accidents and this violation has been included under article of negligence and not giving attention on road.
Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, speaking to Khaleej Times, said that the proposals could reduce traffic accidents, deaths and injuries on the roads. ''Some people think these are simple matters but it could lead to fatal accidents,'' he said.
The proposals will be discussed by the Ministry of Interior for inclusion and amendments to the federal traffic law. He said amendments may be made to articles on negligence. Violators could shell out Dh400 and this would be implemented on people who keep themselves busy with brushing hair or putting makeup, which has been observed among large number of women. It is also observed that many men adjust their clothes with both hands.
The police could not take action in both cases as this is not yet been listed as violations. If the recommendations are approved, the police could take action in such cases, he said, adding that some fatal accidents took place while drivers drank tea when they are on the wheel. The tea may spill over the driver's clothes which can result in losing control over the vehicle and thus causing accident. Many people drink and eat while driving because they are in a rush, which may cause accidents.
Al Zafin said that the proposals also include hiking fine for expired car registration to Dh1,000. The car could be seized for one month if the car registration is expired for more than three months, according to the recommendation.
The report also proposes a fine of Dh1,000 for driving in a way that may endanger others' lives. This include risky driving such as moving from lane to lane or risky overtaking. He said that the police also proposed to seize a car for one month if it has completely tinted glasses. Another proposal is to increase the fine from Dh500 to Dh1,000 for refusing to give the name and address of the driver to the police and to hike the fine for driving with a bad tyre from Dh200 to Dh500. The proposal also includes imposing fines for not wearing seat belt on all passengers and not only the driver in addition to hiking fines for not having hazard lights on the rear of the car to Dh200 from100.
Al Zafin said that increase in fines would prevent people from committing more violations and this would save people's life.
He said that the report also proposed amendments on concepts and definitions of some terms including the definition of road. In many cases the police are unable to take action when accidents take place in desert as according to the current traffic law desert doesn't come under the definition of road.