Workshops aim at reducing accidents

ABU DHABI — As part of the UN Global Traffic Week from April 23 to 29, Abu Dhabi Police and the UN World Assembly of Human Values have launched a programme aimed at reducing traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 26 Apr 2007, 8:55 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:44 AM

Dr Abhakar Rao, executive director of operations in the assembly, said the programme aims at curbing of tension, which is one of the main causes of accidents.

Being held during the programme are workshops focusing on the mental, physical and emotional health of drivers in order to improve attention and alertness while driving, or even at work or at home. The workshops would help drivers to increase concentration and reduce tension, specially truck and taxi drivers.

Colonel Ghaith Al Zaabi of Abu Dhabi Police told the media on Tuesday that the main objective of the programme is to reduce accidents on the roads.

On the use of timing signals being operated in some other emirates, he said the new system was tried at one of the signals on Al Salam Street. The system could not be a success, he pointed out, because the timing meter was operated manually, while all Abu Dhabi traffic signals were working electronically through a central control room and in accordance with the density of traffic during the hours of the day.

He, however, said that he had asked the company concerned to make necessary changes to make the system work properly in Abu Dhabi.

The programme’s activities and lectures, he said, will continue to educate students at a number of schools in Abu Dhabi Educational Zone in addition to paying a visit to Khalifa Hospital in Abu Dhabi and sending SMSes to the public. He said students will visit the Abu Dhabi optical signals and lectures to educate drivers from Emirates Transport.

Meanwhile, the Royal & Alliance Company, a global insurance company that operates in more than 130 countries, announced its contribution by a percentage of each insurance policy until the end of 2007 to the fund for the welfare of accident victims.

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