Dubai: Authorities in the UAE have issued a strict reminder to stop people
from gathering near accident sites and create chaos.
According to police, crowd can cause further injuries to victims by delaying
rescue teams to arrive promptly at the accident site, such as ambulances and
The Ministry of the Interior has warned residents not to gather near victims in
the event of an emergency, and not to use their mobile phones to takes photos
or videos of the incident, as it may cause further psychological damage to the
victims and their families.
As part of the ministry’s clampdown against rubberneckers and crowds,
people who block the road and delay emergency vehicles from passing through
will be penalised with a Dh3,000 fine.
Motorists will also be slapped with six black points for not giving way to
emergency and police vehicles, and their vehicle will be impounded for 30
days, according to Abu Dhabi Police.
Residents will face legal consequences for posting photos and videos of traffic
accidents in the UAE in social media, and will be subject to a hefty fine
ranging from Dh150,000 to Dh500,000, and up to six months of
imprisonment and/or six months in prison.
The strict penalties were enforced according to the UAE’s Cybercrime Law No
5 of 2012, Article No. 21, and prohibits anyone to use an electronic device that
invades a person’s privacy.