Driver rescued by police after cruise control fails at 140kph in Ras Al Khaimah

Emirati motorist called for help after losing control of vehicle on highway

Police came to the rescue of a driver whose cruise control failed while he was travelling at 140kph on a busy highway in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Emirati motorist was driving on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road when the function, which automatically controls the speed of a vehicle, malfunctioned shortly before 8pm on Monday.

He managed to alert police to his plight, which left him unable to stop or alter the speed of his car.

Police were dispatched to his location, near Exit 129 on the route.

Officers tried to calm the driver down and assist him over the phone while police patrols cleared the road ahead of him.

Police placed a patrol car in front of it, allowing the car to bump into the police vehicle until it gradually slowed to a halt.

Colonel Ahmed Al Naqbi, director of the traffic and patrol department at RAK police, urged motorists to carry out regular maintenance checks on their vehicles.

“The patrols managed to control the situation and provided necessary assistance to the driver,” he said.

Published: March 12, 2019 05:24 PM