Pay Up To Dh10,000 In UAE For Leaving Children Alone In Cars

by Ishita Agarwal
Pay Up To Dh10,000 In UAE For Leaving Children Alone In Cars

Authorities have highlighted that it is against UAE law to leave children alone in cars. However, doing so may result in a steep fine or possibly jail time. The officials made the point while highlighting a recent incident in which they saved a toddler who became stuck in a vehicle while his mother was out shopping. However, Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants senior associate Abd AlMeged Al Sweedy claims that the practice by the concept of “negligence” in Article 35 of the Wadeema Law. 

What Will Be The Fine For Leaving Children Alone in Cars

Depending on the “judge’s judgement on a case-by-case basis,” the violation is punishable under Article 56. However, the same legislation with a fine of up to Dh5,000 and a jail sentence of up to five years. Sometimes, putting someone’s life or safety in jeopardy carries a prison sentence or a fine of up to Dh10,000.  

This led to several fatalities, particularly during the hot summer months. Like children may suffocate or have heat stroke inside the vehicle.

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Leaving Children in a Locked Car is Common in UAE

Abu Dhabi Police Captain Mohammed Hamad Al Isai says the practice endangers children. He emphasised that parents who abandon their kids in parked cars will face legal action for carelessness. 

He brought up the heartbreaking story of a little boy who died in the hot automobile after his father had left him inside. Moreover, he said that the father had neglected the kid, who was asleep when he went outside. Then, locked the vehicle after arriving home because he had been preoccupied with a work-related phone conversation the whole drive.

The Dubai Police recently reported that since the year’s commencement, they rescued 36 kids from locked cars.

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