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Overtaking on hard shoulder goes south
By Lina Abdel Rahman November 22, 2017
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SHARJAH: The violation of overtaking on the hard shoulder is on the decline in Sharjah following the implementation of the amended federal law.

The number of violations recorded by Anjad patrols and radars is 871 compared to last year’s 2,149 violations.  

Maj. Mohammed Alai Al Naqbi, Director of Traffic and Patrol Department at Sharjah Police, said that a road’s hard shoulder is designed for use in emergencies, especially for ambulances transporting patients and injured people or vehicle breakdown cases. “Driving on it or using or overtaking on it delays the humanitarian mission of emergency and police vehicles,” he added 

Major Alai stressed that this violation of the traffic law often leads to serious and fatal accidents on the streets and the highways with a high speed limit.

“The speeding vehicle coming from the rear is likely to collide with a truck or vehicle parked on the hard shoulder resulting in loss of life and property as well as halting traffic flow.

According to the amended federal traffic law, a motorist, who overtakes on the hard shoulder faces a fine of Dhs1000 and six black points.

To curb the violation, Sharjah Police have deployed patrols across the emirate, installed more surveillance cameras and radars as well as organised a number of awareness campaigns about the dangers posed by overtaking on the hard shoulder. “Motorist have also been told to give priority to ambulance and rescue services in the road,” he said

The director of the Traffic and Patrol Department urged motorists to observe lane discipline, exercise caution, respect traffic regulations and avoid all forms of negligence or distractions when behind the wheel to avoid accidents. “It is the driver who often pays the biggest price when accidents happen. So it is key to abide by the traffic rules and regulations,” said Maj. Al Naqbi.

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