Letter to the editor: Motorists watching accidents causes delay on roads

July 09, 2017

This refers to the report ‘ROP website to help motorists avoid traffic jams caused by accidents’ (Muscat Daily, July 9, page 3).

Obviously, it’s a good initiative on the part of authorities concerned and helpful for road users. At times, traffic accidents lead to unavoidable circumstances due to which motorists have to wait for long hours to clear their way forward.

However, commuters do have a role to be cautious and avoid bottleneck situations, as they become onlookers to watch the incidents on the other side of the road. This is very commonly seen on the busiest highways, Sultan Qaboos Street and Muscat Expressway, as people move slowly to watch and capture the road accidents on the other side of the road.

At the same time, motorists do believe that roads ahead are blocked causing vehicular traffic to be slow because of accidents, whereas in the real scenario the frontrunner goes slowly and watches the scenes and takes pictures of accidents and the crowd gathered, eventually affecting the flow of traffic.

People must realise that if one person drives slowly in the front, it affects the entire stretch of the road and will force others to go slow. Those who are behind in the long queue would never realise that the accident had happened on the other side of the road.

Anyhow, the ROP’s initiative would be helpful for commuters to plan their route well in advance, and this can eventually help the authorities to clear the accident site.

Ramachandran Nair