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UAE motorist issued with quarter-of-a-million dollar traffic fine

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DUBAI: Anyone who drives in the Gulf region will be all too familiar with the conditions on the roads: the random parking, the fast driving, the sudden lane changes – and these are just three traits, drivers display.
And across the region governments are cracking down on the issue as they try to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities.
The UAE is no exception to this, and one driver is living proof having received a massive 1 million dirhams ($272,254) in fines from traffic police in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
“The motorist was caught by radars on the roads, and found him committing a number of traffic violations, including speeding,” Major General Ali Abdullah Bin Alwan Al-Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, told the Arabic daily Al Khaleej.
It is the biggest motoring fine issued in recent years, but the offending driver received some help thanks to the police force’s celebration marking International Happiness Day in the shape of a 50 percent discount.

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