Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 [ME NewsWire]
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police will be launching a comprehensive initiative to ensure traffic safety on internal and external roads across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the Holy Month of Ramadan. This step aims to reduce all causes that may lead to traffic accidents, provide awareness and guidance, and assist all road users in order to achieve accidents-free roads during the holy month.
Within the framework of the "Your Safety" campaign, Lt. Colonel Mohammed Al Shehhi, Chief of Traffic Control Section at the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, called upon drivers to be civilized while driving; avoid reckless behavior and excessive speed; abstain from parking their vehicles randomly in front of mosques during prayers; refrain from blocking exits and parking entrances, or impede the movement of vehicles by parking close behind them, as this will cause traffic congestion.
In addition, Lt. Colonel Al Shehhi urged drivers to abide by traffic laws during the Holy month, and to avoid over speeding, especially before the Maghrib prayers, when drivers tend to increase their speed as they try to reach their homes before Iftar. He also called upon motorists to use their seatbelts, avoid the use of hand-held phones while driving, and urged them to use the side indicator lights and to pay attention before turning right or left.
He also stressed the importance of reducing speed when approaching places designed for pedestrian crossing and to give pedestrians right of way. He urged pedestrians to cross the road safely by using the designated pedestrian crossings, and avoid walking along the streets without paying attention and understanding the risks of potential run-over accidents; and to abstain from standing too close to the road in order to cross before making sure that traffic came to a halt. He stressed the need for extreme caution when boarding or exiting public transport vehicles to avoid run-over accidents.
Furthermore, the "Your Safety" campaign, which was launched by the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, includes a number of awareness-raising initiatives to be implemented throughout the holy month of Ramadan until the Eid Al Fitr vacation. This activity comes as a part of enhancing various efforts to ensure the safety of the public. It focuses on objectionable behaviors such as begging, fireworks, and speeding when the time for Iftar approaches. The initiative also aims to promote public awareness via social media. In addition, the various sectors of the Ministry of Interior will implement activities and programs of a humanitarian and spiritual nature. The objective is to reduce the stress levels for those who are fasting, by alleviating traffic risks and congestion, and promoting safety and community prevention aspects.
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