Mind the gap: tailgating drivers cause more than 130 crashes in Abu Dhabi

Police issue safety warning to motorists failing to keep their distance

January 30 2010/ Abu Dhabi / Traffic is backed up leading to Abu Dhabi on the Maqta Bridge January 30, 2010. (Sammy Dallal / The National)





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Dozens of crashes on Abu Dhabi's roads this year have been caused by drivers failing to maintain a safe distance, police have revealed.

Abu Dhabi Police said 135 incidents - 13 per cent of the total number recorded -  resulted from tailgating by motorists.

Brigadier General Khalifa Al Khaili, director of the traffic and patrols department at Abu Dhabi Police, urged drivers to keep a safe distance to allow them more time to react to developing situations.

“The safe distance can give the motorist more time to react to any sudden situation and slowdown,” said Brig Gen Al Khaili.

He also called on drivers to take extra care during hazardous weather conditions, especially when there is poor visibility and roads are slippery due to rainfall.

He said motorists flouting safe distance traffic rules face a fine of Dh400 and four black points on their license.

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