Caution call amid spate of fog-related traffic accidents

February 17, 2010

Foggy conditions persist in Bahrain

Bahrain traffic police have appealed for drivers to use “extreme caution” after one young man was killed in a spate of car accidents in and around Manama due to foggy conditions in the morning hours.

According to police reports, 37 accidents happened between 6 am and 9.30am as a result of the dense fog that enveloped Bahrain on Tuesday morning. The Bahraini youth died as his car hit a lamppost in the posh Seef area while the highway to King Fahad Causeway, Bahrain’s terrestrial link with Saudi Arabia, had an 11-car pile up and other minor accidents.

“Lack of visibility coupled with recklessness on the part of drivers who failed to maintain safe distances have caused the accidents,” a traffic officer said in a statement. “Drivers have to increase safe distances behind other vehicles for better visibility and to avail of sufficient time to brake. They must reduce speed at junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights and ensure the front windows offer good visibility.”

Motorists, not accustomed to driving in such conditions, are also advised to avoid overusing hazard lights in order not to confuse other drivers who want to overtake them or change lanes, he said.

Fog again descended on Bahrain on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, bringing traffic to a slow speed on highway and causing huge jams in Manama.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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