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Rain leads to 1,500 accidents over the weekend in Dubai

Motorists advised to exercise caution, avoid speeding on slippery roads

Rain leads to 1,500 accidents over the weekend in Dubai

A total of 1,447 traffic accidents were reported between Thursday evening and Sunday morning due to unstable weather conditions, according to Dubai Police.

The UAE weather department has already predicted rainfall across the country with other residents reporting of traffic snarls due to accidents.

Lieutenant Colonel Turki Abdul Rahman bin Faris, director of the command and control centre in the General Directorate of Operations, advised motorists and road users to exercise caution and to avoid speeding on slippery roads.

He called upon drivers to check weather bulletin through various media outlets to avoid getting caught in traffic congestions and to leave for work before time.

The official urged motorists to ensure that they cleaned their windshield, light bulbs and light signals before driving the vehicle. He urged them to leave sufficient distance between vehicles and not to change lanes unnecessary.

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Tom 3 years ago

Dubai drivers never learn. Totally negligent about other people's safety (like the woman in a black BMW X6 driving on the Al Qudra cycling track on Friday morning - could not care less about the laws and about the safety of cyclists).

Bob 3 years ago

the shear stupidity of many drivers in these weather conditions means its no surprise that there were this many accidents over the weekend. No matter how much rain falls, and how greasy and slippery the road surfaces are idiots still drive one inch off the bumper of the car in front, no lights on, erratically switching from lane to lane without signalling or driving with no rear lights on an stupid led lights added at the front only. The police need to crack down on these idiots in these weather conditions and normally to improve the standard of driving. Sadly its the innocent normal drivers that get affected by the dangerous actions of people who think they are invincible or more important than everyone else. selfish actions by idiots cause most of the accidents in these, and normal, conditions.

savio 3 years ago

More Police, more fines, same rules for anyone, local expat same punishment. But its not the case as we all know. Driving back from AD to Dubai with my kids in the cart and same issue with Pajero, Land Cruiser, Range Rover any 4x4 black windows driving like maniacs overtaking left line at 150KM/H... What to do!!!!!

Vinny 3 years ago

It's not the bad weather that causes accidents, its the uncaring, selfish (I don't care about anything or anyone except me and mine) heartless people who cause them, and in doing so kill and maim innocent people. Please Dubai authorities, take action and get these people off the road forever.

savio 3 years ago

Just math maybe will work better for those people driving land cruiser, 4x4 , pajero with tinted window at 120km/h on SZR 2 meters away from your bumper dry or wet road!!!
At 90km/h a car need 78 meters to stop on a dry surface and 87 on a wet one... At 120km/h the same car will need 104 meters to stop on dry and 117 on wet. ABS, Air bag any other technology you could have in your car will not change anything. As far as your brain does not connect the dots accidents and casualties will continue to grow in Dubai. I drove yesterday from AD back to Dubai and at least 10 cars overtook me from the safety line on the left side at over 140km/h.....