According to Emirates News Agency, a grand total of 39,956 motorists have been fined for not wearing a seatbelt during the first nine months of 2017.

Abu Dhabi Directorate of Traffic and Patrols reports that 60 percent of traffic deaths and 54 percent of serious injuries in traffic were due to the failure of wearing seatbelts.'

"Wearing a seatbelt reduces the severity of road accidents and shocks,'' said Brigadier Ahmed Al-Shehhi, Deputy Director of the Directorate. 

He emphasized that driving without wearing a seatbelt poses a potentially fatal threat.

Failure to wear a seatbelt is punished with a 400 dirhams ($108) fine in addition to 4 black points on a motorist's traffic file, according to traffic regulations.

The fines that were issued to Abu Dhabi motorists amounted to 15,982,400 million dirhams ($4.35 million).

Only a few months ago, it was reported that Dubai Police had fined over 37,000 motorists for the same seatbelt violations.

1,077 fines were given directly to the drivers, while the rest were issued using traffic cameras to identify the violators.

New traffic laws that came into effect in the summer of this year cover a number of violations, all of which come with heavy fines, penalties, black points, and impounding of vehicles.

New violations covered in the latest legislation include child safety in cars, speeding, crowding around accident sites, and jaywalking.