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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Lorries and buses could be banned on UAE roads during fog 

The announcement was made as part of a new Abu Dhabi Police road safety campaign

During Fog Tuesday in March 2008 four people died and 350 were injured when a series of collisions caused a pile-up of 200 vehicles near Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi. Paulo Vecina / The National
During Fog Tuesday in March 2008 four people died and 350 were injured when a series of collisions caused a pile-up of 200 vehicles near Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi. Paulo Vecina / The National

Police could ban lorries and buses from driving in foggy conditions, the state news agency WAM has reported.

The proposal was discussed by officers in Abu Dhabi Police as part of a new road safety awareness campaign.

Dangerous driving in fog is a leading cause of fatal crashes in the UAE. In one day alone in February this year when visibility was low, Dubai Police received 564 reports of crashes in just 18 hours. One of the incidents involved 28 vehicles.

Speaking on Tuesday, Brig Khalifa Al Khaili, director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate for Abu Dhabi Police, reminded drivers to keep a safe distance between vehicles and not to use hazard lights unless a vehicle was stationary.

Driving in the fog with hazard lights is punishable by a fine of Dh500 and four penalty points.

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In March 2008, a huge crash involving 200 cars occurred near Ghantoot on the Abu Dhabi to Dubai motorway due to fog.

The incident - known as Fog Tuesday - left more than 350 people injured as well as four dead and highlighted the need for improved driving standards in the country.