Fog continues across the UAE, speed limits reduced

 khaleejtimes.com  01/21/2021 05:43:10   Web Report/Dubai

Heavy fog affected visibility across the UAE on Thursday morning, prompting the authorities to reduce speed limit on some major roads.

The fog also caused huge tailbacks on Sharjah-Dubai roads. Motorists experienced heavy traffic on Al Ittihad Road and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road. The Sharjah Police urged drivers to take caution while driving in unstable weather conditions.

#FogInUAE: Heavy #fog affected visibility across the #UAE on Thursday morning. Visuals from Business Bay Crossing, #Dubai.#UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB

Video by Juidin Bernarrd/KT @rta_dubai @DubaiPoliceHQ @NCMS_media pic.twitter.com/YFL30QxQ7u

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# # #__#Alert #Fog_Alert #NCM pic.twitter.com/znGh60ya9q

— (@NCMS_media) January 21, 2021

Earlier in the morning, the Abu Dhabi Police announced speed limit reduction on major roads from and towards the Capital to 80kmph. On its official Twitter page, the police said speed reduction system had been activated on Mohammed Bin Rashid road (Abu Dhabi - Dubai, Maktoum Bin Rashid road (Abu Dhabi – Dubai), AbuDhabi-Al Ain Road (Al Mafraq - Al Khaznah and Sweihan-Al Hiyar), Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed International road ( Al Nof-Al Mirfa ), Al Fayah Road (Truck Road) and Abu Dhabi - Sweihan road. By 7.50am, the police announced bringing the speed limits on Abu Dhabi roads back to normal.

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80 / - ( - ).#fog #Urgent | #Warning  


Speed reduction system activated to 80 Km/h on , Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Road (Al Mafraq - Al Khaznah)— (@ADPoliceHQ) January 20, 2021

Visibility has been reduced to minimum in different parts of the country, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah airports, the National Centre for Meteorolgy (NCM) alerted on social media.

The police also urged drivers to follow the instructions shown on smart boards installed on various roads. Through their social media handles, the Abu Dhabi Police asked drivers to be alert while driving on foggy weather condition.

The NCM said fog formation is spread across the UAE, from Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah.

#FogInUAE: Thick fog over Buhaira Corniche in #Sharjah this morning #UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB@NCMS_media
M Sajjad/KT pic.twitter.com/3ddt3jOCdN

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UAE #fog in photos: KT photographers were on hand to capture the foggy morning scenes as thick fog blanketed across the UAE once again this week. Have a look#UAE #weather updates: https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB@NCMS_media
M Sajjad, Shihab, Juidin Bernarrd/KT pic.twitter.com/fVf7Z8z3RR

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#FogInUAE: Thick fog engulfs parts of #UAE on Thursday morning, prompting the authorities to reduce speed limit on some major roads. #UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB
Video by Juidin Bernarrd/KT pic.twitter.com/OTXjSypW44

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#FogInUAE: Heavy #fog affected visibility across the #UAE. The police urged drivers to follow the instructions shown on smart boards installed on various roads. #UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB

Photos by Juidin Bernarrd/KT pic.twitter.com/SlgDQBpEj4

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#FogInUAE: Heavy #fog affected visibility across the #UAE on Thursday morning, prompting the authorities to reduce speed limit on some major roads. https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB

Video by Juidin Bernarrd/KT pic.twitter.com/ArFYA9i10W

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Dh500 fine, 4 black points for traffic violation during fog

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.

#FogInUAE: Heavy #fog affected visibility across the #UAE on Thursday morning. Visuals from Al Nahda, Sharjah.#UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB@NCMS_media

Shihab/KT pic.twitter.com/Ha0ReVXVlj

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In the past, many traffic accidents resulted from the low visibility due to fog causing deaths and serious injuries.  “Motorists must stop their vehicles on the side, in case of zero visibility,” police said earlier.

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

#FogInUAE: Buildings are seen amid heavy fog in #Dubai's #JumeirahLakesTowers. Heavy #fog affected visibility across the #UAE on Thursday morning.
Photos by Saman Haziq/KT#UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB pic.twitter.com/el48cmuQxJ

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Tips for driving in bad weather

- Do not use hazard lights (they are meant for standing cars in case of an emergency)

- Do not use rear fog lights during normal visibility, since they can blind following drivers and rear fog lights can over-power your brake lights, hence following drivers might not see you braking

- Stay away from areas which are normally affected by bad weather like Wadis

- In case of rain, avoid low lying parts of the roads network like underpasses

#FogInUAE: Buildings are seen amid heavy fog in #Dubai's Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Heavy #fog affected visibility across the #UAE on Thursday morning.

UAE #weather updates: https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB

Saman Haziq/KT pic.twitter.com/TeOGYd35me

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#FogInUAE: People cross road on a smoggy morning in Dubai. Police authorities urged drivers to follow the instructions shown on smart information boards installed on the emirate’s roads. #UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB
Shihab/Khaleej Times pic.twitter.com/H5eVPgi3rr

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#FogInUAE: Morning traffic towards #Deira during heavy #fog. Police authorities urged drivers to follow the instructions shown on smart information boards installed on the emirate’s roads. #UAE #weather updates https://t.co/Q7F8ZnrjvB

Video by Juidin Bernarrd/KT pic.twitter.com/aJNiu4yLiJ

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