Saudi woman driver hurt, companion dies in Jeddah traffic accident


Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — A Saudi woman, who was driving her car early Monday, was seriously injured and her 13-year-old male companion died following a traffic accident on Huda Al-Sham road between Makkah and Jeddah, Makkah daily reported on Tuesday quoting traffic police sources.

The sources said that women at driver’s seat is still considered a traffic violator as the Royal decree enabling them to drive will take effect from June 2018.

Yacoub Al-Mutair, a lawyer and a legal consultant, agreed with the traffic police, saying the Royal decree stipulated the constitution of a committee to study the necessary arrangements for its implementation.

He said women taking driving lessons or driving on the streets is illegal and will be considered a traffic violation. The lawyer said if a woman driver caused injuries to the others, she will have to bear the legal responsibility of her action.