Motorists who do not keep a safe distance from other cars face getting a Dhs400 fine and four black points on their licence.
As part of a 10-day awareness campaign, Dubai Police will be issuing instant fines to any drivers they see tailgating or driving too closely behind other vehicles.
"On a clear-sky day and during normal traffic flow the motorists should follow the three seconds rules or otherwise risk hitting a car. During a rainy day the rule should be tripled to become a nine seconds rule," Lieutenant Colonal Ali Ganim, director of Bur Dubai Police Station, told Gulf News.
He said cars driving at 40 kmph should give a distance of 35m - equivalent to seven cars - while 120kmph should be 104m.
"Not maintaining enough distance between vehicles is considered one of the highest causes of minor and severe accidents in Dubai. We have especially launched the awareness campaign during the winter season due to the increase in such accidents," he told the paper.
Dubai Police figures show that more than 43,200 accidents for not keeping a safe distance between vehicles have been recorded so far this year.
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Sandee Jan 16, 2010 10:45 pm
I really do hope the police do something about the terrible drivers here. I freakin hate hate HATE the entitlement most drivers feel they have here. It's ridiculous and not to mentions so unsafe. I rented a car to go site seeing and was constantly harassed by ignorant drivers who felt they had to make me feel intimated by trying to push me off the road simply because I wasn't driving fast enough for them. Please Dubai police help improve this lovely city by making a crack down on dumb drivers.