MoID Launches Safe Following Distance Awareness Initiative in cooperation with MoI

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-Monday 2 January 2017 [ AETOS Wire ]

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development launched a new road safety initiative in a bid to reduce fatalities on five main roads in the UAE by 21 percent during the test period extending from December 15, 2016 until February 15, 2017. The initiative is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, which endeavors to accelerate achieving the national agenda’s goals through the first government accelerators in the world. As a part of the initiative, a series of DOTS (circular pavement markings) will be drawn on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Umm Al Quwain, from exit 103 to exit 110.


The initiative, the first of its kind in the UAE, became effective as of January 1st, 2017. As a part of the initiative, white dots were drawn on the pavement, and informational signs were deployed along the road, including awareness messages such as "Maintain a safe following distance" and "Keep minimum two dots apart" and "Stay a safe distance". The initiative is designed to educate motorists on how to identify and maintain minimum following distances while driving, and comes in response to the high fatality rate caused by failure to maintain safe following distance between vehicles (tailgating).  


Al Mansouri: Road construction is in line with international standards to protect road users


H.E Engineer Hassan Al Mansouri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Works at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, explained that the initiative comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts, in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, to reduce traffic accidents’ fatalities on the most dangerous roads across the country and to achieve traffic safety, which is considered one of the UAE vision’s enablers.


"The Ministry of Infrastructure Development supports these goals by constructing federal roads according to international standards, and works with the Ministry of Interior as a strategic partner to reach a maximum of three deaths for 100 thousand persons by  2021," noted Al Mansouri. Adding further, he said: "The ministry has launched a number of initiatives to maintain traffic safety on federal roads, notably the "Masar" initiative, which involves deploying a number of vehicles to monitor federal roads and carry out daily inspection patrols, take note of any road damage and share the data with relevant authorities to carry out the necessary maintenance to ensure the safety of road users and serviceability of these roads.”


Al Mansouri praised the significant efforts exerted by the MoI to spread traffic safety awareness amongst community members, ensure roads security and maintain road users’ safety.


Al Zaabi: Purposeful strategy to promote road safety


For his part, Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Za’abi, General Director of Traffic Coordination at the MoI, said that the initiative is carried out as part of the MoI’s government accelerators team’s initiatives. He said: “Failure to keep sufficient safe following distance behind vehicles increases the risk of rear-end collisions, as the driver is unable to control and stop the car at the right time in the event of a sudden reduction in speed or sudden stop of the vehicle travelling in front, for various reasons related to the driver himself, the car’s mechanical condition or potential road surprises.”


He indicated that some motorists drive their cars too close to the vehicle in front, flick their headlights and honk constantly, forcing drivers to vacate the road. “Such poor driving behavior and tailgating distract motorists and often lead to traffic accidents.


Brigadier Al Za’abi continued: “The Ministry of Interior represented by the Traffic and Patrols Departments at the countrywide level, works according to a strategic plan designed to enhance traffic safety, reduce accidents and achieve the highest levels of traffic safety for all road users. To achieve these objectives, the ministry is intensifying traffic monitoring and control campaigns via patrols on internal and external roads to catch violators of traffic rules and regulations.”


In conclusion, Brigadier Al Zaabi called upon motorists to maintain a safe following distance behind vehicles, to pay attention and focus while driving to preserve their safety and the safety of other road users from traffic accidents and their resulting losses in lives and property, so as to promote an accident-free traffic environment.


Government Accelerators ... Future-focused work mechanism


Government accelerators are a future-focused work mechanism, which includes joint work teams from government, private and academic sectors. Five core sectors will be key thrust areas under an ambitious plan to achieve the national agenda goals accelerating the implementation of the strategic government projects through dedicated and innovative workspaces where joint work teams operate under the supervision of a group of trainers, supervisors and global competencies, to provide intensive programs in short periods.


Government accelerators provide services to support the various participating government agencies, whose primary goal is to accelerate the achievement of the national agenda’s objectives in four key areas i.e. national indicators, policies, programs and initiatives, in addition to government services. It includes forming joint work teams from various state entities, to address the challenges and achieve the goals, by leveraging global experiences and innovations, as well as achieving leadership and excellence in government work through projects and experiences that employ pioneering and innovative work methods to ensure quick results and sustainability.


It is worth mentioning that the MoI is leading the challenge team to reduce accident fatalities on five roads in the UAE. To achieve this objective, the ministry has taken a number of measures and formed a government accelerators work team, which includes representatives of strategic partners and of traffic and patrols’ departments across the UAE’s police general headquarters. Work is currently underway on relevant plans and strategies towards achieving this goal.


The ministry launched an awareness campaign "The Safer You are, The Happier They Are" across all media as a part of these steps. The Security Media Department at the MoI is coordinating with the police general headquarters participating in the campaign, by launching awareness messages through websites and official accounts on the ministry and the police general headquarters’ social media accounts, in order to raise awareness about the causes of fatal accidents and how to avoid them.


The Umm Al Quwain Police General Headquarters increased its efforts and focus on the Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Umm Al Quwain to reduce accident fatalities, as a part of the objectives of the government accelerators.


The Sharjah Police announced a new reduced speed limit on Maliha Road to enhance traffic safety on that stretch of the road. The new speed limit, which became effective as of January 2017, will be enforced for the duration of the expected one-year road development project; speed will return to its original limit of 120 km/h after completion of the project.


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