posted on 08/07/2012: 614 views
The Ministry of Interior is organising an awareness campaign to reduce instances of tyre blowouts this summer after 31 people were killed last year.
About 243 people were injured in 96 accidents caused by tyre blowouts in 2011, said a press release issued by the ministry yesterday. The awareness campaign titled ‘Summer without accidents' will run until August. This is part of the strategy to maintain the safety and security on the roads, said Brigadier Gaith Hassan Al Za'abi, Director-General of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior.
He said traffic accidents remain one of the major threats to the safety and security of UAE society.
Citing the 31 deaths and 243 injuries in 96 road accidents caused by tyre blowouts last year, the official said government will strictly deal with traffic offenders. There will be strict penalties for those who violate speed limits on highways and roads in the city.
Al Zaabi said the ministry would use all media such as newspaper, radio and television to ensure the success of the campaign.
Last week, the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence called upon motorists to ensure that their vehicles were safe to travel in.
Colonel Mohammad Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Acting Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence advised travellers to perform required maintenance, and ensure that tyres and electric wires in vehicles were in a good condition. He also urged motorists to keep a fire extinguisher inside the vehicle, in addition to a first aid kit, a woollen blanket to put out the fire, and a torch. He also advised drivers to take a break if they are feeling tired
He commended the efforts made by civil defence in spreading the awareness about careful driving among drivers and travellers through brochures, handbook, leaflets, awareness posters, courses, and lectures organised by the department to reduce accidents. – Gulf News
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