(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) A total of 37,797 motorists have benefited from 373 traffic awareness lectures and programmes organised by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region during 2014.
The objectives of the programmes focused on enhancing motorists' awareness in both public and private sectors, as well as supervisors and students in the educational sector. The programmes were conducted within the framework of a comprehensive plan that aims to promote awareness and traffic safety culture in order to boost road safety and curb traffic accidents.
Lt. Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Chief of Public Relations Section at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Abu Dhabi Police, explained that the programmes featured significant participation of the Traffic Education Patrols, which visited residential areas, educational institutions, schools, government entities, and public areas. They also included distribution of messages, advice and guidance about the key causes of traffic accidents and the resulting deaths and injuries.
He added, "This can be achieved by focusing on social media as a key approach to interact with motorists and road users, particularly pedestrians, and get the messages, advice and guidance across, ultimately enhancing traffic culture and curbing traffic accidents," he continued.
Captain Hamdan Hassan bin Thaiban, from the Public Relations Section at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate in Abu Dhabi Police, called upon motorists to adhere to traffic laws, reduce speeds, use their seatbelts, avoid overtaking on the hard shoulder, and to exercise caution while driving during foggy weather to avoid road accidents.
He called on heavy vehicles companies, operators and motorcyclists to avoid using roads during fog, until visibility is good. He reiterated his warning to motorists to stop their vehicles off the road and take all precautionary measures that will assure their safety while driving in foggy conditions.