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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 October 2018

Watch as reckless driver almost smashes into Abu Dhabi school bus

Abu Dhabi police release footage to shock motorists into safer driving near schools 

Police have released footage of a near miss bus crash to shock motorists into safer driving near schools. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Police
Police have released footage of a near miss bus crash to shock motorists into safer driving near schools. Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Police

Footage of reckless driving endangering the lives of a busload of children has been released under a police campaign warning motorists of the extra care needed around schools.

Abu Dhabi Police posted a video on social media of a car swerving dangerously to overtake a school bus.

Stills taken from a police traffic camera show the white saloon cutting-up the school bus and then turning directly in front of it into a corner, forcing the bus driver to make an emergency stop.

No one was seriously injured in the incident in Abu Dhabi, but police have encouraged people to comment on similar road safety awareness posts to help publicise serious road traffic violations.

“The aim of the initiative is to expose the public to these serious violations,” said Colonel Mohammed Ali Al Muhairi, director of Security Media Department.

“We want to find appropriate solutions to reduce road accidents and minimise the number of traffic accident victims who lose their lives to the reckless behaviour of some road users.

“Abu Dhabi Police is keen to hear the opinions and suggestions of the community in road safety, and the services provided.”

In September, at the start of the new school year, Abu Dhabi Police released a video of a driver hitting a young child stepping off a school bus.

The video showed the school bus indicating its intention to stop, giving the driver ample time to slow down and assess whether a child will be alighting.

Carrying the slogan: "Keep them alive, don't be a killer’, the video was released to help improve safer driving near schools.

Drivers can face a Dh1,000 fine and 10 black points if they don’t stop when the bus 'stop' sign is on.

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