Drivers in Dubai shunted and skidded their way to an average of 36 accidents an hour over a seven-hour period on Wednesday as wet weather sparked chaos on the city’s roads.
The Dubai Police command room revealed that it received more than 3, 200 emergency calls and recorded 253 traffic accidents between 6am and 1pm.
With more rain expected in the coming days, the crazy antics of drivers in wet conditions prompted a warning from police.
Colonel Khazrag Al Khazragi, deputy director of the Dubai Police command room, said: “We recorded 253 traffic accidents during the rainy weather. The accidents were mainly minor, but we also had major accidents.”
Surprisingly, Al Khazragi said that were no fatalities from the staggering number of crashes during the wet spell, but warned: “Motorists should follow the traffic instructions. Driving in rainy weather or during fog can be dangerous, especially if drivers are speeding or driving recklessly.
“Make sure your windows are clean and leave enough distance between vehicles. Only use the hazard lights for emergency situations. Take your time.”
Meanwhile, Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department in Dubai police warned motorists to check their cars before hit the roads: “Motorists must leave enough distance between vehicles and put seat belts. Traffic accidents rates always high during this rainy weather.”