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'In My Feelings' challenge banned in Egypt, UAE

July 24, 2018 3:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 12:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Since the release of the viral video choreography "In My Feelings" by Canadian singer, Drake, has taken the online world by storm and become a trendy dance challenge currently circulating social media.

The viral challenge requires the participants to do the routine while slowing down their vehicle, opening the door and dancing while the vehicle is still moving in the street causing a high risk of potential traffic accidents and reckless injuries to themselves or others.

Although the challenge is not the safest to perform, many individuals continued to create and release short clips of themselves performing the dance on various social media platforms.

On the other hand, the viral dance challenge has become dreaded by police all over the world, the Egyptian police, in specific, have a hard time joining the trend.

During a phone interview with an Egyptian news outlet, an Egyptian traffic police expert, Magdi Al-Shahed, explained that performing the "In My Feelings" dance challenge is illegal by law and those found performing the challenge will be fined to up to 300 LE (17 USD).

He confirmed that the Egyptian law currently forbids any vehicle driver from driving without closing the door's of their vehicles or driving slower than the required minimum speed limits specified.

He added that if the violation leads to case of injury or death, or material damage, the penalty becomes criminal and will come under prosecution. However, if it does not lead to any of the mentioned above then the lawsuit may be transferred into a simple criminal matter.

The UAE also announced that social media users in the country could be punished for performing the dance challenge.

According to an Emirati lawyer Yousef al-Bahar, the law allows police to detain any person who drives their vehicle in a dangerous manner that can endanger the lives of the public.

Emirati authorities confirmed that individuals who violate this law, could be fined with 2,000 AED (545 USD), 23 black points on their driving licenses, and have their vehicles impounded for 60 days.

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