Drive for safe road travel begins today

DUBAI — The General Department of Traffic will launch an awareness campaign targeting motorists who plan to travel by land to their countries during the vacations.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Sun 25 May 2008, 9:18 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Nov 2023, 9:51 AM

The campaign will run from today to June 22.

According to Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Director of the General Department of Traffic, the aim of the campaign is to minimise the risk of accidents and fatalities on the roads.

He said among the major causes of accidents were failure to abide by traffic rules and negligence in taking safety measures.

“We have noticed a visible surge in the level of tyre safety awareness among drivers after the increase in accidents as a result of tyre bursts,” he said. “Most of the drivers do not give proper attention to simple points such as overloading and checking of air pressure in the tyres before embarking on a journey.”

In 2007, seven lives were lost in 19 tyre-related accidents, Brig Al Zafin said.

“At speeds of around 80 kmph, it is very difficult to control a vehicle once a tyre bursts. An emergency braking manoeuvre can cause the worn tyre to rapidly wear out of the complete casing. Regular air pressure checks when visiting a petrol station can minimise the danger. We advise drivers to regularly measure tyre tread depth as well as check the tyres for obvious signs of damage such as cuts in the tread or sidewalls bulges. Also motorists should buy original tyres from reputed companies,” he pointed out.

Brig Al Zafin revealed that some of the accidents were caused by loading of various materials without being securely fastened.

As part of the campaign, traffic officers will distribute flyers with advice and safety tips for motorists at the check points, gas stations and various consulates that the travellers would visit to get their visas.

Meanwhile, Major Yousuf Juma, Operations Manager of Al Ahli Driving Institute, said motorists should be more careful while driving on the 70-kilometre stretch between Ghuwaifat in the UAE and Jarf in Saudi Arabia.

While cautioning that accidents could occur because of moving sands and stray animals, specially at night, he advised that it’s safer to travel during the day.

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