A woman in Saudi Arabia was nabbed for a traffic violation: driving while female.
The 20-something woman, whose identity was not released, was spotted behind the wheel in the city of Mecca, violating the country’s ban on women driving. She attempted to flee when she realized police had spotted her, hitting another car in the process.
“The woman tried to escape when she saw a police car and in the process hit another car, which was slightly damaged,” Maj. Abdul Mushin Al-Mayman, a police spokesman, told Arab News. She was turned over to the Saudi Prosecution and Investigation Commission.
The ban on female drivers, with the exception of some rural areas, has become a hot-button issue in the kingdom, sparking campaigns and petitions by women’s rights activists. Saudi officials have not relented thus far.
NOTE: Here is what a Saudi Cleric has to say about females and automobiles.