Drive carefully, it's going to be foggy all over UAE

Drive carefully, its going to be foggy all over UAE
Poor visibility on the road due to heavy fog on Monday morning. 05 October, 2015.

Abu Dhabi - The directorate has also called on motorists to refrain from commuting on Abu Dhabi roads until visibility improves.

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By Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 7 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 8 Oct 2015, 9:00 AM

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police Central Operations Department has reinforced prevention and safety procedures during foggy conditions. These include increased monitoring and preventing trucks, heavy vehicles and workers' buses from travelling on the road in foggy conditions.
The directorate has also called on motorists to refrain from commuting on Abu Dhabi roads until visibility improves.
Brigadier Khalifa Mohammed Al Khaili, deputy-director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, said the directorate is also implementing an emergency plan during foggy conditions in collaboration with the departments of civil defence, ambulance and rescue services.
It includes controlling the flow of traffic on site, transferring the injured to hospitals, clearing damaged vehicles from the road and diverting traffic to other lanes in case of traffic accidents.
Brigadier Al Khaili called up on drivers travelling on external roads and highways, especially in areas that have recently witnessed the formation of thick fog, (Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, Al Ain-Abu Dhabi Road, Abu Dhabi- Al Ghuwaifat Road, Al Ain-Dubai Road) to remain cautious and reduce speed and to avoid using low-lights of the vehicle.
The directorate is implementing a comprehensive awareness plan which includes intensifying awareness messages that warn drivers, as well as deploying 'Education Patrols', to enhance social interaction with the different age groups, especially the young, said Brigadier Al Khaili. He called upon the media to announce life-saving awareness messages for drivers, as part of the community partnership approach, to enhance road safety and avoid accidents.
These messages provide a set of advice such as the need to reduce speed while driving, leave sufficient distance between vehicles and refrain from overtaking other vehicles in cases of low visibility. "In case of dense fog and low visibility, motorists should park their cars on the right shoulder of the road and turn on the hazard lights to ensure their safety," he added.
Brigadier Al Khaili warned company owners and drivers from operating trucks and heavy machinery on the road, and violating procedures during fog to avoid traffic fines. He also noted that the directorate undertakes the necessary measures that guarantee traffic safety in foggy conditions, when visibility drops to 50 meters or less, by stopping traffic flow completely, especially buses, trucks and any transport mean that may undermine road safety. He also stressed the need to exercise caution during foggy conditions.

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