Erbil’s traffic police address harassment of female drivers, stress equal legal treatment

"The law does not discriminate between men and women because the legal principles are established to organize society."
A female driver behind the wheels. (Photo: AP)
A female driver behind the wheels. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - On Wednesday, a source from the General Directorate of Traffic Police in Erbil told Kurdistan24 that the number of cars in Erbil has increased dramatically, and the number of male and female drivers is nearly equal.

A source from the General Directorate of Traffic Police in Erbil stated that the law does not differentiate between men and women drivers.

However, if a woman driver is harassed, the violator will be punished according to traffic laws.

Regarding female drivers subjected to harassment, the source said, "They can lodge a complaint and indicate the type of vehicle and the location where they were harassed. We will arrest the violators through street cameras and punish them."

"The legal punishment will be imposed by the judge according to the type of complaint. For violations on the streets and causing accidents and disasters, the punishment includes the confiscation of the vehicle and driver’s license, as well as a fine," the source added.

Hawlest Mirani explained, "Harassment, including illegal and dangerous overtaking and maneuvering, is an illegal act and an unacceptable behavior. If this behavior causes damage to another vehicle, it is considered a violation under the Kurdistan Regional Traffic Law No. 86 of 2004 as amended."

"According to the law, such behavior is considered a crime when it results in an accident, and legal action will be taken against the perpetrator," Mirani said.

"The law does not discriminate between men and women because the legal principles are established to organize society."

"If the driver of a car happens to be a woman and her car is overtaken by another car with the intention of harassing her, she has the right to file a complaint because, in that case, a crime has been committed against her," Mirani concluded.