RIYADH: Abdulaziz al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring traffic violation ‘forbidden’, ARY News has learnt.
Talking to local media, Abdulaziz al-Shaikh said drivers who deliberately jump the red lights and cause deaths are like killers and their act is almost a premeditated murder.
“Drivers should be very careful when coming close to a traffic signal even if they don’t see any cars. They should tame and control themselves near traffic signals. Those who do not respect the traffic lights must be held responsible for all the consequences”, he added.
This is not the first time that the most senior religious authority in Saudi Arabia has issued such a fatwa.
Earlier, in 2010, he reportedly also announced a similar edict, saying the person who caused the death of another person because of such a violation is guilty of involuntary man-slaughter.