ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, June 15th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
During the holy month of Ramadan, the Traffic Investigations Branch at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police will be intensifying traffic control on roads in the city and near markets, commercial centers, and mosques. This comes within the traffic safety plan launched by the directorate in order to reduce all causes of accidents, fatalities, and serious injuries. The plan additionally aims to prevent haphazard parking during the Taraweeh prayers in a bid to prevent traffic congestion.
Lieutenant Colonel Hamad bil Atilah Al Shamesi, Acting Head of the Traffic and Patrols Investigation Section explained that the section has prepared a comprehensive plan in order to intensify traffic control on both internal and external roads. He highlighted the importance of abiding by traffic laws and regulations and to reduce speeds; always wear seatbelts; avoid using handheld mobile phones while driving; maintain a sufficient and safe distance between vehicles; pay attention while driving; ensure that children under the age of 10 sit in the backseat; and to avoid running red lights. He stressed that it is essential for drivers and road users to cooperate with each other in order to enhance traffic safety during the holy month.
Moreover, Lt. Colonel Al Shamesi urged motorists to benefit from the spiritual values of the holy month of Ramadan by ensuring the rights of others who share the road; refraining from blocking exits and parking entrances or other vehicles by parking directly behind them; and by following the instructions of traffic policemen, especially in front of malls and crowded commercial areas.
He also urged pedestrians to cross the roads at the designated areas and to use the bridges and passageways. He called upone motorists to pay attention to pedestrian movement, which tends to increase after the time for Iftar. He urged them to give priority to pedestrians so they may cross safely via the designated crosswalks, and to reduce speeds in residential areas and popular places where people tend to gather. He stressed the directorate’s keenness to intensify traffic control on internal and external roads, in malls, and other various locations with heavy traffic. He also highlighted how the directorate distributes awareness brochures among drivers in a bid to reduce all causes of traffic accidents especially during the holy month.
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