Lane Swerving In UAE Can Cost You A Fine Of Up To AED 1,000 & 4 Black Points; Here’s How To Avoid It!

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by Deeplata Garde
Lane Swerving In UAE Can Cost You A Fine Of Up To AED 1,000 & 4 Black Points; Here’s How To Avoid It!

Ajman Police have zeroed in on a common yet dangerous driving habit: illegal lane swerving. As part of their new road safety initiative, ‘Your Commitment Means Safety’, launched to promote safer driving practices, motorists are being warned of hefty penalties for erratic lane changes. Violators risk facing a fine of Dh1,000 and accumulating four black points on their driving licence—a stern reminder of the consequences of reckless driving.

What Is Lane Swerving & The Perils of Sudden Swerving On UAE Roads?

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Lane swerving refers to the abrupt or sudden change of lanes by a vehicle on the road without proper signalling or without ensuring the safety of nearby vehicles. It often involves a quick and unexpected movement from one lane to another, which can pose significant dangers to other drivers and lead to accidents. Lane swerving is considered a hazardous driving behaviour as it increases the risk of collisions.. Ajman Police highlighted several factors contributing to such incidents, including poorly maintained vehicle tyres and the failure to conduct regular vehicle inspections. These conditions significantly increase the likelihood of losing control while changing lanes, underscoring the importance of maintaining vehicle roadworthiness.

A Call for Responsible Driving

In a recent social media update, Ajman Police emphasised essential road safety practices that every driver should adhere to. This includes using indicators to signal lane changes, a fundamental yet often neglected rule. Additionally, drivers are urged to exercise caution during adverse weather conditions, such as rain, and to avoid distractions that can divert attention from the road. Observing specified speed limits is also crucial to ensuring safe and orderly traffic flow.

Enforcement and Penalties

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Beyond the immediate financial implications, the penalty of Dh1,000 and four black points serves as a deterrent against risky driving behaviours that endanger lives on UAE roads. The enforcement of these measures underscores Ajman Police’s commitment to enhancing road safety through both education and strict regulation. While overall road safety efforts have shown progress, the slight increase in fatalities from previous years indicates ongoing challenges that require continuous vigilance and proactive measures.

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Practical Tips for Safer Lane Changes

To promote safer driving habits, Ajman Police and road safety experts recommend specific precautions before changing lanes:

  1. Signal Early: Use indicators well in advance to alert other drivers.
  2. Check Mirrors: Assess the traffic situation behind and beside your vehicle.
  3. Shoulder Check: Look over your shoulder to identify any blind spots and clear lane before changing the lane.
  4. Ensure Space: Ensure there is sufficient room in the adjacent lane before initiating a lane change.

By following these guidelines, motorists can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and contribute to a safer driving environment for all. Ajman Police urge all drivers to take responsibility for their actions on the road, prioritising safety and adhering to traffic regulations at all times.

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