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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Thick fog blanketed several areas of the UAE on Wednesday morning, especially in coastal and internal areas.
This prompted authorities to issue a traffic alert and reduce the speed limit in major roads of the country.
The fog caused low visibility across some internal and external routes in Dubai. Stay focused on the road, reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance, said Dubai Police.
The visibility was less than 1,000 metres in some areas of Sharjah. Humidity is expected to increase and foggy conditions will remain till 10.30 am.
The National Centre of Meteorology said Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah witnessed thick fog in the morning.
The weather body also said that the lowest temperature recorded over the country on Wednesday morning was 10.8°C in Jebel Jais (Ras Al Khaimah) at 01:45 UAE Local time.
With the aim of reducing the human and material losses that may be caused by traffic accidents resulting from the fluctuations of climatic conditions, the Sharjah Police have suspended the movement of trucks and heavy vehicles during fog.
This is due to the dangers of vehicle movements on the internal and external roads which can lead to loss of lives and destruction of properties.
The Sharjah Police General Command confirmed that it would book violations by drivers of non-compliant trucks and heavy vehicles, in accordance with Ministerial Resolution No. 178 of the year regarding traffic control rules and procedures, as Article 104, Paragraph (c) stipulates the violation of that category of vehicles when driving in fog times, with a fine of Dhs500 and 4 traffic points.
The UAE authorities have warned motorists to reduce speed when driving on highways, and if possible pull over if the fog affects the visibility.
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