Women applying make-up or combing their hair while driving in Dubai are set to be fined $272, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior has announced.
According to a report in local newspaper the Khaleej Times, the ministry issued a circular stating that the violation is considered “as seriously as driving in a dangerous manner.”
According to the report, any motorist caught putting on make-up while driving will face a fine, the confiscation of their vehicle for a month and could also receive 12 black points on their license.
Men who comb their hair or adjust their traditional Arabic head-gear while driving will face the same charges, according to a press statement by Dubai police.
Colonel Saif Muhair al-Mazroui, deputy director of the General Department of Traffic of the Dubai Police told the newspaper that the violation comes under the purview of the Federal Traffic Law.
Mazroui added that any motorist caught using their mobile phones, unless a hands free device is used, at traffic signals would receive a lesser fine a four black points.
“Some motorists have misunderstood this clause. They think that they are not supposed to be using mobile phones only when the vehicle is moving and not at the traffic signals. Motorists cannot stay focused on the road and traffic movement while using mobile phones even at the signals, and they could interrupt traffic or move in a wrong way and cause an accident,” he said.
The Dubai Traffic Department has registered 26,533 cases of motorists using mobile phones while driving this year.
Courtesy Khaleej Times