Sharjah residents want warning signs on roads

SHARJAH — Sharjah residents and motorists are urging the authority concerned in Sharjah to place warning signs or set up traffic cones on roads under maintenance or construction and where diversions have been effected.

By Lina Abdul Rahman

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Published: Fri 25 Nov 2005, 11:40 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

Motorists have expressed fears that lack of these safety precautions could cause fatal accidents at these locations.

The starting point of the Al Ittihad Road from Sharjah to Dubai is one such area where motorists feel accidents might occur as there are no alerts on the maintenance work being carried out there.

The authority concerned has not bothered to place warning signboards or set up traffic cones at enough distances from the location under maintenance to alert motorists to change lanes in time, motorists point out, adding that instead a worker who can hardly be seen from a distance has been deployed to wave a red flag at motorists to alert them.

Ahmed, a motorist who almost banged his car into the traffic cones placed very close to the maintenance work said: “I was travelling at around 1pm at 90 kmph on the fast lane. The road was empty and I am quite sure that I didn’t see any warning signs alerting me of maintenance work up ahead. I barely missed colliding with the cones. As a result of the lackadaisical attitude of the authority concerned, two other cars behind me were going to bang into my car as they did not also see any warning signs.”

Amanda Joseph, another motorist, said she was travelling at a normal speed from Sharjah to Dubai on the Al Ittihad Road (next to Eppco petrol station). She also had a brush with the traffic cones set up for diverting traffic flow. She said: “I had to brake hard to avoid an accident near this spot. I found a labourer holding a flag standing inside an area where maintenance work was going on. I could not see him from a distance and there were no signboards to alert motorists. Before applying the brake, I intended to move to the other lane, but couldn’t as the available lane was already occupied by another car, and I had no option but brake, ending up hitting the traffic cones.”

Joseph wondered what harm would it do to have warning signs placed at an appropriate distance from locations under maintenance. “My car had a mild brush with another car behind me. Why should they endanger the life of an innocent labourer who is standing and doing his job. He could be killed?” she asked.

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