Abu Dhabi police in novel move to curb fog accidents
Abu Dhabi, May 13, 2014
The Abu Dhabi Police is currently considering an e-proposal to fit streets with an incandescent warning light to prevent chain-reaction traffic accidents resulting from fog on the roads.
The project is based on advance traffic accidents’ signage that warns motorists against accidents that may not be visible to them due to the density of the fog.
The innovation, if implemented successfully, will serve as a preemptive measure to warn drivers to take caution at least 3 km ahead of the area where a traffic accident has occurred.
Lt Col Nasser Al Maskari, the head of the Operations Department, said that the “innovation” doesn’t prevent traffic accidents, but contributes to timely preventing chain-reaction during foggy weather conditions, in order to preserve lives of road users and reduce hazardous accidents resulting from poor road visibility.
"The aim of such an innovative proposal, which was devised by the Operations Department at the Directorate General of Central Operations, is to provide an optimal warning for drivers within seconds of a traffic accident a few kilometers ahead of them on external roads, to avoid eventual surprises in foggy weather," he stated.
On his submitted proposal, Osama Ahmed Ismail, said: "It is a special incandescent light connected to a wireless electronic device controller, installed at 3 km intervals at roadsides of external roads. It releases an incandescent red light that is particularly designed to penetrate the fog."
"Drivers can see this warning light as far ahead, at least 3 kilometers ahead of potential traffic accidents," he stated.
Explaining the system, Osama said: "The Operations Room officer controls the incandescent street light from a safe area ahead of the traffic accident’s location, 20 seconds after receiving notification on the 999 number, indicating that a traffic accident had occurred. The officer then identifies the geographic co-ordinates of the accident’s site and turns on the electronic street lights close to the accident’s site on roads."
"This would warn drivers against a traffic accident ahead of them in order to avoid chain-reaction collision of vehicles," he added.-TradeArabia News Service