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88 road accidents reported in Dubai during morning fog

Dubai Police says it received more than 850 emergency calls during four-hour period early on Monday

88 road accidents reported in Dubai during morning fog
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Dubai Police said that 88 accidents were reported during foggy weather conditions on Monday morning.

The general department of traffic at Dubai Police registered the accidents between 4am - 8am on Monday morning, with the accidents ranging between light, medium and severe.

The department said it received 859 calls during the four-hour period.

Brigadier Omar Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, deputy director of the General Department of Operations at Dubai Police, called for motorists and all road users to be careful of weather conditions and their impact on the roads, especially during low visibility and fog.

Earlier this year, a senior Dubai Police official said workers should be allowed to turn up late for work on mornings when the city is hit by heavy fog conditions.

Speaking to Arabic daily Al Bayan, Major-General Mohammed Al Zafin, assistant police commander for operations, said Dubai Police is looking at making it legal to be at least an hour late for work when the visibility is reduced by heavy fog, thereby reducing the number of accidents.

“We cannot totally stop traffic on roads in foggy conditions but we can prevent serious accidents on roads by creating awareness and allowing flexibility in work hours for the employees,” Zafin was quoted as saying.

“We are seeking legislation or at least a decision allowing the employees to be late for work for one or one-and-a-half hours in the early morning. Instead of going to work at 7.30 in the morning, employees should be allowed to go 9am on foggy days,” he added.

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Veronica Chapman 4 years ago

Agreed, fog is very dangerous, and your boss would understand,.
When it is foggy......Better late than never......