44 Traffic accidents in 3 hours due to rain




Traffic Culture Acting Director Major Yousif Jamal reported 44 traffic accidents in the period from six in the morning till nine in the morning in different parts of Bahrain due to the rainfall.

Major Yousif Ahmed Jamal urged drivers to the necessity of taking precaution during driving, and the need to leave a safety distance between cars in front and in the back, taking into consideration the possibility that the car slides to the right or left, particularly if the brakes of the car are not at their best.

Major Yousif stressed that driving in time of rainfall is totally different than driving at ordinary times, through using brakes, and dealing with road variables, highlighting that due to road works, and re-designing them, there are many traffic diversions, which must be handled with extreme caution while driving in times of rain.

Major Yousif also called on reducing speed during ordinary driving, at intersections, and turns, asking to use safety belts, and be committed to safe parking, particularly while using the cellphone, pointing out the need to use suitable means including signals, reducing speed when changing the driving course.

Major Yousif urged drivers to alert other drivers with the side indicator and consider continuously looking into the front mirror to avoid more accidents.

Major Jamal called on the drivers to the need to run maintenance for their cars to ensure the safety of the tyres, front windshield wipers, front and back lights, as well as signals for the coming period of time, which will witness a change in weather, including rainfall, fog, and dust, directing drivers not use the vehicle in case the front windshield wipers are not working.

Major Jamal pointed out that the Department of Culture at General Traffic Directorate organises in this period of each year, intensive media awareness campaigns on the means of ensuring the safety of drivers during driving while rainfall. He also said that the Directorate had previously warned through local newspapers of the change of weather, calling on everyone to take precautions.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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