The officials called on drivers to be attentive while on the roads.
As many as 317 crashes took place because of sudden change of lanes on Abu Dhabi roads during 2019, the Abu Dhabi Police revealed, while warning motorists to avoid the dangerous offence.
Police said sudden swerving is a serious traffic violation and causes horrific traffic accidents.
The officials called on drivers to be attentive while on the roads and avoid things that could distract them or make them lose control over their vehicles.
“Drivers should stay focused on the road. They should not be distracted by the mobile phones while driving, and must use the side mirrors and indicators when changing lanes,” the police pointed out.
Motorists indulged in chatting, texting or talking on phones while driving get defocused and this can lead to sudden change of lanes, thereby resulting in mishaps, the police said.
Last year, the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate reported 4,311 violations against drivers caught changing lanes abruptly and without using indicators, from January to August 20 last year.
In 2018, police recorded 17,349 violations against drivers who didn’t use indicators while changing lanes.
The fine for sudden changing of lanes or not using indicators is Dh400.
The police have warned that changing lanes without warning was very dangerous and urged them to approach traffic junctions with caution.
“The sudden change of lane, especially when approaching traffic lights, is a dangerous behaviour, which compromises the safety of the driver and puts his life and the lives of other motorists at risk,” warned the police.
The police have always released video clips on social media to educate commuters on how to change lanes correctly.
The department also reminds the public about traffic rules as a part of their awareness programmes and safety initiatives.
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