Motorists mental state often leads to crashes -UAE cops

Abu Dhabi Police warns motorists against driving while feeling drowsy.
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Motorists should not drive when they are feeling drowsy; the Abu Dhabi Police Department reminded road users on World Anti-Drugs Day last week.

Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police said that motorists’ mental fitness and psychological state can often have a direct impact on traffic accidents in a number of cases, namely; drug and alcohol consumption; medications that cause drowsiness; psychological problems and pressures of life. “Such conditions can lead to serious accidents, as motorists may not be able to respond positively to any eventual surprises on the roads,” he said.

“Exhaustion is a key factor that affects safe driving. People who work during the whole day are bound to be physically and mentally exhausted at night. This often leads to lack of concentration and slow reactions, ultimately causing traffic accidents.

“The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police is implementing extensive awareness programmes to raise awareness on the need to be cautious and to concentrate while driving; to avoid driving after taking medications that cause drowsiness; and to avoid driving if motorists suffer psychological problems that could affect concentration,” he added.

Al Harthi also took the opportunity to remind motorists on the penalties for those caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “The Ministry of Interior follows a traffic safety strategy through legislations that impose severe penalties and fines on motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “Persons caught driving under the influence could get 24 black points, and have their vehicles confiscated for up to 60 days, and may be referred to prosecution.”

While, Major Khalid Mohammed Al Fil, head of the community-based initiatives team and liaison officer for social responsibility policy at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, added: “The directorate took part in the celebrations marking the World Anti-Drugs Day, recently organised by the Abu Dhabi Police at the Bawabat Al Sharq Mall in Bani Yas city under the slogan (Be in a Good Company… Say no to Drugs). During the celebrations, brochures were distributed to raise awareness on traffic safety; to urge motorists to adhere to traffic laws and regulations, and to acquaint them with the risks of driving in cases of exhaustion or drowsiness. Moreover, through its participation, the directorate was keen to introduce community members with its community-based initiatives to reduce traffic accidents under the slogan (Together).”

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