Man caught speeding tells Abu Dhabi court wife was in labour

A man argued his black points for speeding should be removed, because his wife was in labour and he was in a hurry to get her to hospital

ABU DHABI // A man argued his black points for speeding should be removed, because his wife was in labour and he was in a hurry to get her to hospital, the Appeals Court heard on Wednesday.

HH, an Emirati, was originally sentenced to pay a Dh300 fine by the First Instance Court.

“The court will pay the Dh300 for you and end the story,” joked chief justice Dr Khairi Al Kabbash.

HH said the money was not the issue; “my license will be withdrawn if I accumulate black points so I am appealing to remove them because I had an emergency and that is why I had to speed.”

“I asked myself before the hearing while reading the case files: is this excuse enough to speed, and I said to myself ‘no, it is not’ and I tried to search for a legal solution,” said Dr Al Kabbash.

“If we argue that you did it to drop your wife to the hospital for delivery, the law will [ask] us why didn’t he call an ambulance to drop her while she is comfortable and with dignity,” he continued.

HH said while he was with traffic police, an official told him there is an article in the traffic law that says if a person had an emergency, all the violations he caused during that time are dropped, “and there are many such cases”.

The court decided to give HH a chance to find this article and present it so they can help him with his request, “even if you can bring it at the end of the hearing, do so.”

The case was adjourned until December 24 to announce a verdict.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: December 10, 2014 04:00 AM

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