Violating this traffic rule can land you in jail

Authorities in the UAE have issued a reminder to stop people from crowding accident sites. 

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The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has warned residents not to gather near victims in the event of a traffic emergency, and not to use their mobile phones to take photos or videos of an incident.  

According to police, rubberneckers and crowds can cause further injuries to victims by delaying the arrival of rescue teams, such as ambulances and firefighters. 

MOI officials also reminded residents that it is illegal to post photos and videos of traffic accidents in the UAE. Violators will be subject to hefty fines, ranging from AED 150,000 to AED 500,000, and/or up to six months in jail. 

Penalties for people who block roadways and delay emergency vehicles also came into force this month.

From 1st July, inconsiderate drivers will receive a fine of AED 3,000be slapped with six black points and could have their vehicle impounded for 30 days, according to Abu Dhabi Police. 

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