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 on Tuesday, 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.

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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.

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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.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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