A photo released by Abu Dhabi Police shows a vehicle not keeping safe distance from other vehicles. WAM
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) warned of the dangers posed by some drivers who do not leave a sufficient safety gap behind vehicles, which resulted in 45,269 fines in 2021 in the emirate.
The police stated that failing to leave a sufficient gap causes traffic accidents that result in human and material losses, and appealed to drivers to always abide by traffic laws and regulations to protect themselves and other road users from traffic accidents.
The police explained that Law No. 5 for 2020, which states that an accident caused by not leaving sufficient distance, could lead to the seizure of vehicles in Abu Dhabi. A fine of Dhs5,000 must be paid within three months from the date of seizure for the release of an impounded vehicle. If this fine is not paid in three months, the vehicle will be transferred to a public auction yard, it added.
Moreover, under Article 52 of Traffic Regulations 178 for 2017, an Dhs400 fine and four traffic points will be imposed on motorists, it further added.
The police said drivers who harass other motorists and approach them at high speeds from behind, forcing them to vacate their lane by using reflective lighting, can distract drivers and result in serious traffic accidents.
The directorate urged motorists to take the necessary measures in changeable weather conditions, by leaving a safe distance between vehicles, especially during low visibility caused by fog and rain.
The Abu Dhabi Police urged parents to be aware of the major risks posed by placing their children on their laps while driving, highlighting its keenness to promote the culture of traffic and raise awareness of relevant preventive measures and how to safely seat children in vehicles.
The Abu Dhabi Police also called on drivers to pay attention while driving and refrain from using their mobile phones to surf the internet or use social media, stressing that it is closely monitoring traffic intersections using cameras, in cooperation with the Monitoring and Control Centre.
The Abu Dhabi Police also warned some motorists about their negative behaviour, especially young motorists who disturb residents and drive recklessly on roads.
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate of the Central Operations Sector of Abu Dhabi Police urge drivers to adhere to traffic laws and rules to enhance their safety on the roads and reduce traffic accidents.
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