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Saudi: Women drivers commit 8,772 violations in 6 months

Women in Saudi Arabia have committed as many as 8,772 traffic violations, the Arabic daily Al-Watan reported, quoting industry sources.

The sources said in the last two months alone, women drivers had to face a total of 701 lawsuits at traffic courts over accidents they had caused.

They said the women drivers caused heavy damage and had to go to the courts because their victims refused to accept compensations they were offered.

Asem Al-Mullah, a lawyer and a legal consultant, said accidents caused by women drivers accounted for about 8 percent of all traffic accidents committed since last June.

He attributed the accidents to the fact that not many women were good drivers and some of them were not able to obtain driving licenses.

Mullah said the women drivers banged other cars from behind, hit pavements or ran into lampposts. He said some women drivers who ran the red lights were detained for three days in traffic police detention centers assigned for them.

Traffic courts became operational all over the Kingdom a few months back and they are considering all kinds of traffic violations.

According to the sources, there were 2,537 traffic lawsuits against women in Makkah province, 2,216 in Riyadh, 864 in the Eastern Province, 781 in Asir and 477 in Madinah.

Saudi women still can't do certain things, despite driving ban lift

In a decree issued in September 2017, Saudi King Salman ruled that women would be allowed to drive cars in 2018, a move which ended the kingdom's status as the only country in the world where it was forbidden.

Saudi's law against women drivers was one of many controversial laws presenting a web of restrictions to women.

Saudi women are required to get permission from a male family member, sometimes even a younger brother, for some of the most important decisions of her life.

And whilst they are now allowed to drive, here is a list of things Saudi women still can't do:

1. Eat freely in public : As part of the kingdom's dress code, women are required to wear a face veil. This, whilst selectively enforced, means that wherever it is, women must then eat under their face veil.

2. Dress 'for beauty': They must cover their hair and bodies. The kingdom's dress code requires women to wear an "abaya," a dress-like full-length cloak.

3. Freely socialize with non-relative males : Women are not free to socialize with men outside of their immediate families, and can even be imprisoned for committing such an offense.

4. Marry whomever they like : There are rulings against Saudi marrying non-Muslim, Shia, or atheist men.

5.Travel : Traveling without a male guardian's permission is prohibited.

6. Open a bank account : In Saudi Arabia, women still need their husband's permission before they are allowed to open a bank account.

7. Get a job : Although the government no longer requires a woman to have a guardian's permission in order to work, many employers still demand permission before hiring.

The struggle for greater women's rights in the kingdom has been a difficult one, with activists arrested for defying the driving ban last year. In recent months, a model was arrested for wearing a short skirt.

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