‘Traffic laws strictly enforced during Salalah Tourism Festival’
The director general of Dhofar Traffic Department has said that his department has ramped up inspections and is enforcing the traffic laws strictly to reduce accidents. Lt Col Nasser bin Salim al Hadabi also thanked visitors to Salalah for their cooperation in making Salalah Tourism Festival period a safe and smooth one.
He said that following traffic laws is the first step in reducing accidents, and officials in Salalah are ensuring motorists adhere to the laws. “Speeding is on top of the list as always, especially on the road from Adam to Thumrait. In addition, the officials are strictly monitoring vehicles violating the laws such as passing on the right, not maintaining a safe distance between vehicles and using mobile phones while driving. All these violations have a huge impact on the number of accidents that occur.”
Stopping at the traffic signals too is as important, he said. “Jumping red lights is a serious offence as it can be a cause for accidents. So it is imperative for drivers to slow down and stop at traffic signals.”
Lt Col Hadabi said that the police command has taken all measures to ensure the safety of commuters especially on the Adam-Thumrait road.
“Our officials through different measures ensure safe arrival to the Governorate of Dhofar. The ROP has set up security points, ambulance services and other civil defence services on the Adam route.”
He added that the traffic department is focusing on the main roads of Salalah, especially roundabouts, T-junctions and locations that get the maximum number of visitors. Among other aspects being checked for road safety include insured and registered vehicles.
“This is an issue that is quite prevalent. Many drivers neither insure their vehicles nor renew their registration. A registered vehicle is given a go ahead only after safety inspections.” Lt Col Hadabi also cautioned drivers to be extra cautious when driving in fog, down the mountains and areas where animals may cross. He also asked people to follow police advisories especially in crowded areas.