Focus on Road Safety during Ramadan
By staff - Sun Jul 29, 6:53 pm
MUSCAT: Twenty per cent of highway accidents that occurred last year were during the months of July and August. There were 1,487 accidents with 224 fatalities. Accidents customarily arise during the hotter months and then during the Holy Month of Ramadan, according to highway reserve organization Safety First.
“The reason for the increase is attributed to a change in diet, sleeping patterns and lifestyle during the holy month. This and prohibited summer temperatures meant people can be some-more fatigued and usage of mobile phones” an orator said.
To remind motorists on how to stay safe, Safety First will post unchanging reserve tips during Ramadan on amicable media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and also use other media channels to promulgate highway reserve messages.
“Ramadan is an critical time for Muslims in Oman. Many people will be travelling prolonged distances to be with family during this time. It is critical to be careful when driving on the roads, generally given the hot temperatures and the tireness that some people might feel since of fasting,” pronounced Safety First owner Ali Al Habsi.
“It is endorsed that while driving long distances take a 20-minute break after every 2 hours. When travelling prolonged distances, keep to the speed limit, maintain a safe braking distance, do not use mobile phones and always wear a seat belt. These elementary things make all the difference in terms of safety.”
According to Al Wahaibi, people should always act responsibly when driving, generally during Ramadan, when accidents increases.
“People should always be aware of the other highway users and dangerous driving could means accidents. Speeding is one of the biggest killers. This Ramadan, people should keep to the speed limit, generally in residential zones, where pedestrians are some-more common.Chances of accidents are more, so it doesn’t matter whether you are going at 100 or 60” Al Habsi said.
“People should safeguard the passengers in the cars with a seat belt and chair for children and babies. Seat belts save lives and it is a mistake not to wear them.” According to a spokesperson, afternoon duration sees a arise in reported accidents. This is a time when offices close and staff rush to reach their homes for resting. While leaving office maintain your speed limit, avoid usage of mobiles, stick to your lanes and be careful at all times.
If you are tired over driving stop during the nearest rest stop such as a petrol station or shops. Refresh yourself and this will assistance people improve concentration and continue their tour safely.
Safety First is an independent, not-for-profit highway reserve organisation, that campaigns to revoke highway accidents and fatalities in Oman by 50 per cent by 2020. It was shaped in Mar 2012 by Oman’s racing champion Hamed Al Wahaibi. In May 2012, it was announced that Oman Football team captain and English Premier League star Ali Al Habsi would also join with Al Wahaibi.
Safety First works with a supervision and governmental stakeholders to rise and exercise long-term recognition campaigns to quell dangerous highway poise by informing people to make safer decisions when driving. More information on Safety First is on www.safetyfirstoman.com.