Perpetuating the stereotype: Female driver slapped with huge fine in UAE
Despite a penchant for applying lippy in the car, it seems that in the UAE, women are better drivers than men. (Photo for illustrative purposes only).
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According to Dubai Police, a female of Bangladeshi nationality topped the list of worst female drivers in Dubai after racking up 257 violations in that amounted to Dh201,140 in payable fines.
Police said the woman was wanted by police for not paying her traffic fines, not renewing her car registration.
When authorities finally caught up with the woman, her car was impounded for 1,837 days.
Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of Dubai Police Traffic Department told Gulf News that the woman certainly wasn’t the only high-fines offender, noting that second on the list was a Syrian woman who attained 288 traffic fines in one year worth Dh186,900. Her car was impounded for 45 days.
Emirati women drivers came third, fourth and fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth in committing traffic fines while an Indian woman came in the sixth place with 148 violations and Dh96,800 in fines. Her car was impounded for 15 days, said Al Zafein.
Major General Al Zafein said that in 2012 the seven Emirati women in the top 10 worst drivers committed 1,137 traffic violations resulting in fines of almost Dh701,480.
Despite the high fines, Major General Al Zafein said women did not figure prominently in road infractions in 2012 in Dubai.
In fact, latest statistics revealed that 86.87 percent of mishaps that happened in the first quarter of this year on Dubai roads were caused by men, according to top police official -- of 396 traffic accidents, 344 traffic accidents were caused by male drivers while female drivers caused 48 traffic accidents.
Major General Al Zafein added that 645 person injured in the first three months of this year in which male drivers caused 551 injuries out of them 49 serious injures, 143 moderate injures and 313 minor injures.
Major General Al Zafein said that male drivers killed 46 people in traffic accidents in the first three months of this year while female drivers killed two people in the same period of this year.
Major General Al Zafein said that female drivers injured 88 people out of them four serious injures, 21 moderate injures and 61 minor injures.
While the unidentified drivers who fled the accident scene injured six minor injures with no fatalities.
While the total number of male and female drivers on Dubai roads was not available, police said that though women are considered relatively safer on roads compared to their male counterparts.
“Our main aim is to ensure safety of roads for all motorists and we will take violators to task without differentiating between men and women,” said Major General Al Zafein said, however, adding that most women are safer on road then men.
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