By Denna Bowman
A worrying increase in road accidents resulting from worn-out tyres has prompted a major safety campaign.
Four people have been killed and 46 others injured in 27 accidents in Abu Dhabi this year and they were all due to defective tyres, according to the Police and Traffic Patrol Department.
Now officers are cracking down on worn out tyres as part of a campaign aimed at informing the public about the link between damaged rubber and road accidents.
Heat is the main cause that can lead to tyre bursts, especially worn out tyres which reduce the driver’s control on the vehicle and may cause a fatal accident.
Colonel Hamad Adeel Al Shamsi, director of the department, said: “Four people have been killed and 46 others injured in 27 accidents caused by worn-out tyres in the first five months of this year.”
He added that out of the injured, seven people sustained critical injuries, while 39 others sustained between minor and moderate injuries. Colonel Al Shamsi said the department has made all the necessary arrangements to make this campaign successful.
Colonel Al Shamsi underlined the importance of maintaining and changing tyres, and explained that drivers not abiding by these norms can cause horrible road accidents, endangering their own lives and those of others.
He also warned drivers against leaving worn-out tyres on the road shoulder, especially highways, as they can cause accidents.