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Al Harthi pointed at the perils of driving above the speed limit set on roads at residential areas since there are lots of children and pedestrians who walk on these roads, which might lead to critical traffic accidents.
He said law will be tough on drivers who drive above the speed limit set on internal roads and streets.
Brig. Al Harthi pointed out that as many as 23 people were killed and 29 others sustained serious injuries in car accidents occurred over the last five months in Abu Dhabi. As many as 22 tyre burst incidents have taken place in Abu Dhabi over the last five months in which three people were killed and five others were critically injured.
Brigadier Al Harthi stated that a traffic plan has been chalked out to step up patrol cars on the peripheral roads leading to the land border checkpoints to watch and monitor the traffic flow and distribute awareness publications among motorists, giving tips on how to maintain the vehicles and tyres.
This is part of a traffic initiative launched by the directorate last week to ensure the safety on the roads, especially the Abu Dhabi-Al Ghuwaifat motorway that sees heavy traffic when residents travel to their home countries by land.
As part of the awareness programmes, policemen distribute educational leaflets to motorists and traffic alerts are broadcast on major radio channels. Social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are also being utilised by the Abu Dhabi Police to spread the message of road safety.
Al Harthi called upon drivers to have their cars regularly checked before any long journey. “Travellers should ensure that their vehicles are fitted with genuine tyres and not the fake ones so as to avoid a tyre burst when heat goes up to highest levels in summer,” he said.
“Please pull over and park your car at a proper place if the engine temperature goes above the danger level. Turn on the hazard lights and use the light reflecting triangle. Then lift the car bonnet and wait until the engine is cooled to fill the radiator with water,” Al Harthi appealed to the public.
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