Dubai asks people to send photos of unbelted kids in cars to police
Dubai authorities have asked residents to take photographs of cars when a child is on the driver’s lap or in the front seat, and send the photo to the police.
According to The National newspaper, it is part of the Child Protection Law that came into effect in June that allows people to report incidents where care-givers, relatives, neighbours or medical staff put a child’s life at risk.
The photos can only be sent to the police, and not posted publicly on social media or elsewhere. The photos should also be taken safely, without endangering yourself or other road users.
It is unclear if this is a country-wide UAE initiative or just limited to Dubai.
Children under 10 are banned from sitting in the front, the fine for which is Dhs 400 fine and four black points on the driver’s licence.
Small children need to be strapped into child safety seats in the back seat. Kids of different ages need to be in specific types of seats, as we’ve covered before. Child seats can be had for less than the cost of the fine in most cases.