Accidents cause delays across UAE on first day of Ramadan

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Police urge drivers to be careful while driving.

Massive traffic jams have been reported in Dubai and Sharjah on the first day of Ramadan.

According to Google Maps data, an accident was reported on D61 Sheikh Zayed Road near Al Barsha Police Station, causing traffic congestion in and around the area.

Another accident was reported on E311 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, causing added congestion to rush-hour traffic in the area.

Tailbacks were also observed on on E311 Ras Al Khor Road near Al Awir interchange, D68 Al Khail Road, Dubai Investments Park area and near Al Barsha.

Heavy traffic in Sharjah was reported on the Al Nahda Street, Muhaisnah, Industrial Area 15 and near the National Paints Factory.

The UAE police authorities are gearing up to ensure security and safe traffic movement on the roads during the holy month of Ramadan. 

Dubai Police launched the ‘Ramadan Aman’ campaign for 2018, to encourage fasting motorists to abide by traffic laws and avoid speeding, thus reducing the risk of accidents. Ramdan Aman, an initiative by the Dubai Police’s Traffic Department in conjunction with the General Department of Community Happiness, doesn’t just aim to spread awareness.

Police urge drivers to be careful and leave with plenty of time to reach their destination.

Officials and volunteers will also hand out Iftar meals to drivers on the UAE’s roads and at traffic intersections, to help them break their 15-hour fast without having to rush to their destination.

Tips for fasting motorists:

1. Be aware of your own potential limitations

2. Expect the unexpected – we all must drive defensively

3. Plan for possible delays and add a time buffer

4. Always wear your seat belt – Ramadan is a good time to finally start this habit

5. When you are male and 40 years old and above, be extra careful on the road

6. Motorists should try to anticipate sudden movements by others, including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

7. Approach signals carefully at Iftar time – even when the light is green – and don’t jump red lights

8. Keep a sufficient distance between vehicles and don’t tailgate

9. You can run a little bit late – people will understand

10. Around sunset prior to Iftar, be very cautious

11. Stay off the roads at sundown, if you can avoid it

12. Use your lights during dusk, before Iftar

13. Avoid fatigue and get enough sleep.

14. Pull over immediately when you feel sleepy/ drowsy.

15. Use public transport or taxis.

Tips for non-fasting motorists and pedestrians

1. Be considerate and generous to other traffic participants who are  fasting

2. All traffic participants – fasting and non-fasting – must be extra careful during Ramadan

3. Especially, ‘weaker’ traffic participants (pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists) must watch out for potentially irrational behaviour of other traffic participants

4. Apply the same defensive driving approach like fasting traffic participants.

5. Be very careful in the peak accident morning rush hours

6. Try to stay off the roads just before Iftar