The Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police announced its readiness to ensure traffic safety for students and road users during the second semester of the academic year. This measure falls within the strategic priority of the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters aimed at making roads safer, as part of the Directorate’s Traffic Safety Plan, in coordination with partners, namely the Department of Transport, the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Emirates Transport.
To this end, the directorate held a meeting to assess the preparations of traffic teams for the start of the second semester, under the chairmanship of Brigadier Khamis Ishaq Mohammed, Director of the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate. Brigadier Mohammed stressed the keenness to ensure the safety of students and the smooth flow of traffic on all roads and near schools, through a comprehensive traffic plan; by which the directorate will increase the number of patrols and intensify traffic control on roads and in schools vicinity in order to reduce traffic congestion.
Brigadier Khamis Ishaq urged motorists and parents to adhere to traffic laws and speed limits; to reduce speed near schools; to observe the safe practice of placing children under 10 years old in the back seat of the car; to wear the seat belt to ensure safety; and to refrain from stopping vehicles randomly near schools in order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.
Brigadier Khamis Ishaq stressed the need for bus school drivers to abide by traffic laws and speeds limits. He also urged bus drivers to avoid taking off before making sure that all students have boarded or exited the bus and to make sure that they moved to a safe distance; not to use mobile phone while driving; to buckle up, and make sure that students have safely crossed the road to school or to their homes.
He pointed out that the plan to ensure traffic safety for students during the second semester includes continuous traffic awareness lectures for students, within the strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Education Council. Brigadier Khamis Ishaq said: “The plans aim to inculcate a sense of responsibility in our students, and engage them in the efforts to provide traffic safety for all, as well as to enhance their traffic education culture. The plan also includes distribution of brochures and a set of awareness lectures about the standards and requirements for safe school transport.” In conclusion, Brigadier Khamis Ishaq Mohammed wished a successful academic year for all students.