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Dubai An average of 100 people get booked each month for driving under the influence, data released by the Department of Traffic Prosecution reveals.

In 2009, there were 6,400 traffic-related cases, of which 1,188 involved people caught for driving under the influence of alcohol, Salah Bu Farousha, Head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution said. Accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2009 stood at 422, which resulted in 16 deaths and 147 injuries.

According to the latest amendment to the Dubai Traffic Law, which was implemented in March 2008, a drunk driver faces punishment, ranging from one month to three years imprisonment, a fine of between Dh20,000-Dh30,000, as well as confiscation of his/her driving licence for a period not less than a year, Bu Farousha said.

serious accidents

In cases of serious accidents caused by drunk drivers, traffic prosecutors plead in court for deportation of the defendant after serving the jail term, he said.

He explained that in case a drunk driver causes someone's death, the punishment is tougher - three years jail and a fine of Dh30,000, in addition to diya (blood money) which is Dh200,000. In January 2010, 108 drivers were arrested after breathalyser tests revealed high alcohol content in their blood. "In January, around 23 people were deported in traffic-related cases, some of which involved driving under the influence," Bu Farousha said.

Winter months witness a slight increase in drink-driving incidents, he said, noting that female drunk drivers account for around 0.5 per cent of the total number of people caught in drink driving cases.

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Date:Feb 18, 2010
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