A Saudi fined for SR 253,600 for 415 traffic violations in Jeddah

Traffic tickets, every motorist’s most dreaded moment. Receiving a traffic ticket is probably the most hated thing about motoring. While countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE have installed an automated program known as Saher which deals with the ticketing and fining of motorists in Saudi Arabia, in some third world countries the concept of traffic violation tickets is still a bit vague. This has, however, nothing to do with the laws in that country, it is primarily since the police officers usually accept bribes amounting to 50 to 60 percent of the fine and lets you go with a slap on the wrist. In a country like Pakistan, the average fine would be of $5 US Dollars, and the traffic police usually take $3 and let you go on your way, India has somewhat similar patterns.[irp]

Since the state of the art traffic surveillance system set up by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia known as Saher got working, the chance of errors and the probability of misplacing or mishandling of paperwork is reduced to nil. So, anyone who tries to forget that they have received a ticket will obviously be reminded again and again. One such Saudi citizen is now preparing to enter the world record books as he has astonishingly could receive and not pay around about 415 traffic violation tickets, and the best part is that the total fine of these 415 traffic tickets now amounts up to SAR 253,600.

The man who has been named as Mohammad Ali, aged 35, has also spoken out and stated his side of the story. His story with Saher started when he went on a road, driving at what he believes was the legal speed limit; however, he received a notification from Saher that he has received a ticket for speeding. Mohammad Ali then called up Saher and the representative again told him that he had been speeding and thus the fine.

However, the best part is yet to come. Mohammad has claimed all along that he keeps forgetting about having received the ticket at all and now it has reached a grand total of SAR 253,600. Indeed, if the traffic fine has been paid off earlier and more attention had been given to the speed at which Mohammad Ali was driving, it would have saved him a lot of money, from which he could have possibly bought a newer model or better car.[irp]

For these types of situations, there is a very famous saying or proverb in the Arabic Culture which says “An excuse is worse than a sin” I hope that Mr. Mohammad Ali can finally remember to pay off the bills and we wish him the best of luck.

Source: KSA Motory

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