Ministry of Interior stresses traffic safety for Eid

Traffic officers will step up their efforts across the country to ensure the safety of UAE residents.

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The Ministry of Interior announced that traffic and patrols departments throughout the country will step up their efforts during Eid Al Fitr to enhance safety by increasing the number of traffic officers on roads that are subject to heavy traffic flow.

Brig Ghaith Al Zaabi, director general of traffic coordination at the ministry, stressed the importance of adhering to traffic rules especially around malls and markets.

He urged motorists to drive slowly and carefully, to leave sufficient space between vehicles and refrain from blocking roads by parking illegally, in disabled spots and spots allocated to civil defence, ambulance and rescue vehicles.

He also called on drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times and to ensure that children under 10 years of age do not use the front seat and are safely buckled up in the back.

In Dubai, police announced that 400 military and civil security patrols will be ensuring security and that police stations will stand on high readiness to receive any incoming reports.

Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, assistant commander for the CID said that 200 security patrols from various police stations, 200 civil patrols from CID subdivisions at Dubai Police, in addition to 20 patrols from the cavalry, 10 maritime patrols and nine open-shore patrols will be ready to face any incident that might occur.

He urged members of the public to call 800243 to make any reports, and added that infringements will be met with immediate action and legal procedures.

In the Western Region, Abu Dhabi Police announced a comprehensive plan is under way to enhance security and safety for residents and road users particularly on Al Ghuweifat road as it is usually subject to a lot of traffic at this time.

Col Aajeel Al Junaibi, director of the Western Region Police Directorate, said ambulances and rescue vehicles were on standby for quick response to any emergency arising and public relations teams are ready to provide advice and directions to available services such as petrol stations, restaurants, rest areas, hotels and workshops.