Speed limits reduced during bad weather in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Police put new plan in place during sandstorms, rain and fog

Speed limits reduced during bad weather in Abu Dhabi

There are times when driving here in Abu Dhabi feels hazardous - even when the weather is great.

But when there are sandstorms, fog and rain the conditions become even more unsafe.

So Abu Dhabi Police has come up with a plan to make the roads better during poor conditions - cutting the speed limit to 80kmph.

In November 2018, the Department of Transport agreed a plan to cut the speed limit when visibility is less than 200m during bad weather.
And last week the police started putting the plan into practice.

A video on the force's Instagram told drivers of the new limit and that they should keep a safe distance between themselves and other cars.
When the change is in force drivers will be alerted by electronic signs along motorways, and by SMS (but don't check those while driving...).

Police have also repeatedly reminded drivers not to use their hazard lights during foggy weather.

Last year the speed limits on Abu Dhabi roads were increased, with the 20kmph buffer being removed at the same time.

But efforts are being made to educate drivers on the dangers of speeding, with increased fines coming into play from 2017 for violations.

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