It’s not what you think….
8 November 2018| Last updated on 24 July 2019
Motorists can get stopped in Abu Dhabi, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing
Good news for drivers in the capital of the United Arab Emirates – a new initiative will pull you over from the streets of Abu Dhabi on purpose.
And the reason may not necessarily be a bad thing, so don’t worry.
Abu Dhabi police cars have been stopping between 10 to 15 cars a day and pulling them over to the side of the road to actually reward them.
Yes, that’s right.
Drivers in Abu Dhabi are being rewarded by the Happiness Patrol in Abu Dhabi for their safe driving.
Looking out extensively for driver safety in the roads of Abu Dhabi, the Happiness Patrol – a division by the Abu Dhabi Police – has been monitoring motorists since October 2016.
And they now want to reward motorists for abiding by the safety laws of the emirate by giving safe drivers vouchers and appreciation certificates rather than fines and black points.
The police division wants to also change the way the public feels around police patrol cars – because often motorists are pulled over for doing something wrong or violating a driving law.
However, this new initiative hopes to encourage motorists to drive safer and abide by the Abu Dhabi road laws to avoid any fatal accidents. And the Happiness Patrol wants to encourage a positive behaviour amongst the driver community in the emirate.
This is what makes you a good driver in Abu Dhabi
- 1. Keep a safe distance between your car and the cars around you
- 2. Using signals when switching lanes and turning the streets
- 3. Wearing a seat belt
- 4. Maintaining the correct speed limit around Abu Dhabi
A famous motivational speaker was already stopped
Khaled Al Ameri, a Dubai-based motivational speaker, posted the following video on his Facebook page on November 2.
He shares the video of him being pulled over the Abu Dhabi police - even though he hasn't done anything wrong.
But reveals the complete opposite reason behind his stop.