Saudi arrested for driving wrong-way on Riyadh highway, posting footage on social media

Abu Dhabi: A Saudi motorist was caught driving in the opposite direction on a Riyadh highway, endangering lives of other road users, police said.

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The man, in his 30s, filmed his offence and posted the footage on social media, Major Khaled Al Kreidis, spokesperson of the Riyadh police, said.

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“Investigation showed the man had stolen three vehicles, which were recovered,” major Al kreidis said.

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The man was remanded in custody, all preliminary legal procedures were taken against him, and he was referred to the Public Prosecution, police said.

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Jail sentence

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Saudi Traffic Department has warned against driving a motor vehicle against the direction of traffic saying the offence is punishable by a fine ranging from SR3,000 to SR6,000.

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Causing an accident that results in death or impairment is punishable by a maximum of four years in jail and an up to SR200,000 ($53,321) fine, or both.

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Wrong-way driving can occur on either one- or two-way roads, as well as in parking lots and parking garages, and may be due to driver inattention or impairment, or because of insufficient or confusing road markings or signage.

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Some motorists intentionally drive in the wrong direction because they missed an exit, for thrill-seeking, or as a shortcut.

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