People walk on a rain-drenched road. Kamal Kassim / Gulf Today
ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Police called on drivers to adhere to safe driving and to be vigilant during dusty winds, urging them to follow safety procedures in such circumstances for the safety of all.
Drivers are also advised to reduce speeds to 80 km/h and to leave a safe distance, especially during inclement weather conditions, in accordance with the decision of the Abu Dhabi Traffic Safety Committee.
The police emphasised the need to adhere to the changing speeds shown on the electronic road signs.
It has been further urged to stand on the right shoulder off the road, when visibility is low due to dust, and use warning signals during the emergency stop.
Drivers also should turn on the lights of the vehicle during the day, when it is difficult to see and not to be distracted by phone.
A couple of days ago Abu Dhabi Police received 205 reports on traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra caused by morning fog on its ‘999’ emergency phone line.
The fog led to 68 traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi on the Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road, which caused ten minor to moderate injuries. The injured were taken to Al Mafraq and Al Rahba hospitals.
Brigadier Nasser Sulaiman Al Maskari, Director of Operations at the Central Operations Sector, stated that the command and control centres were communicating with the concerned to take actions.
Brigadier Ahmed Abdullah Al Shehhi, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Traffic and Patrols at AD Police, called on motorists to drive safely in unstable weather conditions and follow safety regulations.
The weather today is expected to be cloudy in the morning, especially northward and eastward, with a chance of some rainfall over various parts, according to the National Center Meteorology (NCM). It will become hazy and partly cloudy in general, with a significant drop in temperatures, the NCM added.
The NCM expects that the temperatures on Monday would be in the range of 18˚C-25ºC in Abu Dhabi, 17˚C-25ºC in Dubai, 17˚C-21 ºC in Sharjah, 18˚C-22 ºC in Ajman, 17˚C-21 ºC in Umm Al Quwain, 16˚C-20 ºC in Ras Al Khaimah, 18˚C-27 ºC in Fujairah and 17˚C-26 ºC in Al Ain.