Dubai Police Seizes 81 Cars In Bid To Stop Speeding And Street Racing

Dubai’s Police force has had enough of street racing and speeding. The United Arab Emirates are known for their long stretches of highways, and local supercar owners have used them repeatedly for illegal street racing.
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We cannot stress how stupidly dangerous street racing is, but some of the drivers did not get the message, and have had their vehicles impounded by the police.

According to the BBC, Dubai’s police force has caught drivers that reached speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph), and some of them were repeat offenders.

In a bid to stop things before they get out of hand, and people get killed in completely avoidable accidents, Dubai police officers have seized 81 vehicles.

The cars that were impounded had their license plates removed, so they will be harder to identify. Naturally, the reckless drivers were heavily fined, as were the owners of the vehicles.

According to the report, the fine was of 100,000 dirhams for the drivers, which would be the equivalent of $27,000, while owners were fined with 50,000 dirhams, the equivalent of roughly $13,500.

Maj Gen Khamis Al Mazinah, the chief of Dubai Police, stated that the cars were used or being prepared for illegal racing. His subordinates recorded some drivers reaching speeds of up to 196 mph (315 km/h) in an attempt to escape police patrols. Fortunately, these events unfolded without any severe accidents.

Owners will have to pay the fines issued to them within three months. Otherwise, police will sell the vehicles at auction. When reported to the price of a supercar, the 50,000 dirham fine equates to a fraction of the value, but those that owned multiple vehicles and lent them to irresponsible friends will have to pay the price of the actions of others.

Dubai’s traffic problems are slowly reaching those of Western states, as the number of vehicles registered there has doubled in the last eight years. The ratio between population and number of cars owned has exceeded that of London and New York, meaning these incidents are probably far from over unless more strict legislation is passed.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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