Pile-up accidents on the rise in Sharjah

Filed on August 10, 2011

SHARJAH — During the first week of Ramadan, traffic pile-ups increased in Sharjah by almost double compared to normal levels, prompting the police to urge motorists to drive safely when heading home for Iftar.

A top official at Sharjah Police said as many as 300 to 350 accidents have been taking place each day since the advent of Ramadan, compared to 60 to 80 a day before the advent of Ramadan.

“The increase in the number of accidents is the result of speeding by motorists in their hurry to reach home before Iftar. Most accidents occurred between 3pm and the Iftar time,” he added

The accidents increased due to speeding and failing of maintain adequate distance between cars.

The Sharjah Traffic Police have intensified patrols at roundabouts and intersections and at vital and crowded areas in various parts of the Emirate.

Col Shawaf Abdurrahman, head of traffic patrols said that the police are making great efforts to ensure smooth traffic flow during the holy month. Patrols have also been intensified at the entrance of malls and nears mosques.

The police warned motorists against speeding and changing lanes and urged them to maintain safe distances between cars.

The Traffic Police also called upon motorists to remove the cars from the middle of the road in case of minor accidents to avoid traffic congestion.

Afkar Abdullah

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