Educational institutions reopened after summer vacation earlier this week
Yellow school buses are back on the roads as educational institutes across the UAE reopened after summer vacation earlier this week. Some parents are leaving home earlier so they can drop off their kids on campus, while motorists are factoring in back-to-school traffic when commuting to the office.
There are several school zones in the UAE where motorists are required to slow down and be alert. The priority in these areas is always the safety of students, guardians and school staff. There are several traffic rules you could violate in these areas:
>> Speeding: Speed limits in school zones vary from 30 to 40 km/h. Slowing down around schools is particularly important as children tend to rush onto the roads. Fines in the UAE range from Dh300 to Dh3000, depending on vehicle speed.
>> Using a mobile phone while driving: Calls and messages must wait. Answering this call from the office can lead to a fine of 800 Dh and four black points.
>> Distracted driving: When you’re driving, that’s what you need to focus on. Do not eat, drink, wear makeup or comb your hair while driving. Distracted driving is punishable by a fine of 800 Dh and four black points.
>> Improper Parking: Cars should be parked only in designated areas. Improper/random parking is subject to a fine of 500 Dh. Parking on sidewalks can lead to a fine of 400 Dh. If you leave your car in front of fire hydrants or spaces reserved for people with special needs, the penalty is a fine of 1,000 Dh and six black points.
>> Allow children to sit in the front seat: Children under 10 years old or less than 145 cm tall are not allowed to sit in the front seat of a vehicle. The fine for the offense is 400 Dh.
>> Seat belt violations: the driver and all passengers must fasten their seat belts. Failure to do so results in a fine of 400 Dh. The same fine applies if children under 4 are not restrained in car seats.
>> Backing up dangerously: You should check all around you while backing up, especially away from your child’s school. A dangerous reverse gear is punishable by a fine of 500 Dh and four black points.
>> Ignoring the bus stop sign: When buses extend “stop” signs, it means children are being picked up or dropped off. The sign requires a complete stop of all vehicles on both sides of the bus at a distance of at least five meters. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine of 1,000 Dh and 10 black points.
>> Do not yield the right of way to pedestrians: school zones would be equipped with several pedestrian crossings allowing pupils and teachers to cross the roads in complete safety. Failure to give priority to pedestrians at these level crossings results in a penalty of 500 Dh and six black points.
>> Dangerous driving: If a person drives in a way that endangers the lives of others, he incurs a fine of 2,000 DH, as well as 23 black points.
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