ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi police will deploy extra patrols on roads with high volumes of traffic in a bid to manage the thousands of people resuming their daily commute this morning after a week-long Eid al Adha holiday.
"They should observe traffic rules, and positively cooperate with the traffic police to help avoid accidents and mitigate road congestion," said Colonel Khamis Ishaq Mohammad, deputy director of the Abu Dhabi traffic police.
Col Mohammad called on motorists to keep the legal distance between cars and watch their speed, adding that officers will be posted on major roads leading into the city as well as smaller streets with heavy traffic flow. Officers will be posted near schools, universities, and shopping malls to manage congestion.
"Observe traffic rules and positively cooperate with traffic police to avoid accidents," he said.
However, some residents were preparing to avoid congestion by using alternative methods of transportation.
Susan Stype car-pools to work with a few colleagues and said this helped reduce congestion on the roads. "If you live in the same locality and work together, this should be your option," she said.
* With additional reporting by Afshan Ahmed