• Sep 28th 2010 at 11:29AM
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Traffic Violations aired as public shaming tool – Click above to watch video after the jump

Police in Abu Dhabi take traffic violations very seriously, and they're reportedly adding a new tool to their arsenal – public shaming. After the evening news bulletin, videos will be shown of various traffic offenses along with the fines and penalties they incur. They have already lined up 30 such video violations and plan to run the series for a month.

The goal of these spots is to increase the awareness of what happens when you commit a driving infraction. This also highlights the idea that the Abu Dhabi police force need not be on-hand to witness the crime. Traffic cameras catch the action and they monitor many city streets around the clock.

You just know that U.S. television producers will "borrow" this idea and turn it into a reality show. Obey our traffic laws by hopping the jump to view the video. Thanks for the tip, Ajay!

[Source: Gulf News]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      We already have this in the US (COPS, America's Most Wanted, CNN, Fox News, etc).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I for some reason feel like this type of footage is more likely to embarrass drivers than Fox, Cops, CNN, etc.

        The folks showing up on those programs are usually criminals who are running from the law (usually, not always).

        These cameras capture these almost... candid moments, that every day drivers are taking part in / committing. It would be even better if on the footage they ID'ed the drivers!

        The "American" punishment and justice system if not harsh enough. No one fears getting caught. We throw our disposable money at the fine and walk away with nothing lost.

        Abu Dhabi is on track with this! Thumbs up from me!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "It would be even better if on the footage they ID'ed the drivers!"

        By holding (just) their heads up to the camera? Or maybe they don't do that there...might have the wrong country...meh, dunno, won't be going there anytime soon. No desire to find out what that feels like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They show stuff like this on Cops and World's Wildest Police Videos but here in the U.S. nobody gives a sht and would probably try to recreate it going "hold my beer and watch this!" (like in Ohio)
      • 4 Years Ago
      not as cool as the regular arab drift and off road videos but still fun to watch
      • 4 Years Ago
      We've had something like this for ages now... it's called "Cops."

      Except the public shaming part doesn't work because some criminals are actually "proud" to be on that show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well the subtitles are in English, maybe people in Abu Dhabi........................can't read in English. No Ingles, No Habla el Gringo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FYI, when I lived in the UAE DH 200 was about $55.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would never work in the States. Even at 10-seconds a clip, how many "drivers" could truly be singled out when there's only 24 hours in a day?
      • 4 Years Ago
      the bmw: hmm lemme do a donut before gettin the milk
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only time I tailgate is when someones impeding all the traffic from them going slow. Example would be person in the fast lane matching speed with the cars beside him when theres a line of cars behind him trying to faster.

        Looking at the video and how wide open everything was. The guy had no reason to tailgate he could have just went around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was random, funny, and scary at the same time.

        However - the fine and the # of points added was the same both for driving on the wrong side of the road and for tailgaiting. While I hate tailgaters on the highway (and yes, I do move out of the passing lane as soon as I'm done passing) and support leaving buffer space and fining offenders, I have to wonder whether tailgaiting is as bad as driving on the wrong side of the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I agree that blocking traffic is irritating, it's no excuse to tailgate. If someone starts tailgating me, it does not make me want to get out of their way. If you don't tailgate me, I'll likely see you behind me, accelerate, and merge to get out of your way. If I see you in my back seat, I'll actually slow down so that I have an even larger safety buffer between me and the car in front so that I don't get sandwiched between two idiots. And I'll turn on my windshield washers to boot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tailgating in the UAE is seriously dangerous business. They will nearly touch your rear bumper at 140 km/h while honking and flashing their headlights for you to move out of the way. On the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, it's common to see (very nice) cars AND SUV's speeding at nearly 200km/h in the fast lane flashing their lights continuously to make people move out of the way before they pass. You have to look in your rearview almost as much as you look forward.

        The problem is that you need something like 21 points in 1 year for your license to get revoked, so many of these things aren't a huge deterrent. Also, many of these people have several cars, so when one gets impounded for 30 days it's not a big deal. The impound lots are HUGE and definitely full, though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nobody wants this 'big brother' camer(s) here because we feel infringed. More like we are big babies and want our way. Boo hoo. Just obey the law and nothing comes in the mail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        exactly. people are on public roads violating the traffic laws in plain view and they hide behind the warm, fuzzy, blanket of "privacy."
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