Weather alert: Fog alert issued in UAE, speed limit reduced on key roads

Web Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on February 4, 2021 | Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 01.30 pm

Motorists are urged to follow the revised speed limits while driving in foggy weather.

As dense fog engulfed various parts of the UAE on Thursday morning, authorities had announced the reduction of speed limits on some major roads.

The Abu Dhabi Police announced speed reduction to 80kmph on key roads and urged motorists to be cautious while driving on foggy weather.

“The Abu Dhabi Police call on motorists to exercise caution due to reduced visibility during the fog. They are urged to follow changing speed limits displayed on electronic information boards,” social media posts issued by the police in various languages said.

On Thursday, Abu Dhabi and Dubai were most affected, with fog covering almost all the parts of the emirates, including Al Maktoum International Airport, Al Shahama , Al Rahbah and over Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Road.

The police activated speed reduction system on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed International road, Al Wiqan - Al Qoua road, Abu Dhabi - Sweihan road and Abu Dhabi - Al Ain road.

The police have reminded all drivers to comply with the instructions shown on smart towers.  Speed limits are automatically reduced on Abu Dhabi roads and highways during adverse weather or foggy conditions.

Motorists should listen to awareness messages provided by traffic authorities to drivers through social media sites and other communication channels to stay safe.

Drivers are urged to increase the distance between their vehicles and the one in front of them to avoid accidents and to never overtake/change lanes in low visibility conditions.

The penalty for not adhering to safe driving instructions during fog is Dh500 and four black points, according to the Federal Traffic Law.

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