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Dubai Police help stop car with failed cruise control

Minutes of horror lived by the driver before the car stops

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 18:56 July 13, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: An Emirati woman was saved by traffic police patrols in Dubai while she was driving her car on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. The 20-year-old woman said she lost control of the car when the cruise control failed while driving at a high speed.

The Emirati woman told the police that she went through a few minutes of horror on Saturday before she could stop her car at Al Muhaisna interchange on the way to Al Warqa.

Maj Gen Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of Dubai Police Traffic Department, said on Saturday that the woman was driving home when she felt that there was something wrong with her car and she couldn’t stop it or reduce its speed.

He said Dubai Police moved quickly when the control room received a call from the driver who could not control her car on the highway.

“Three police patrols moved towards the car which was moving at unspecified speed before Al Warqa bridge,” he said.

Maj Gen Al Zafein said the car was followed by police patrols who tried to force the car to stop slowly.

“The girl was panicking and she told police over the phone that she was trying to regain control of the car but she failed,” he said.

He said police tried to block the road for other cars and they tried to instruct the woman on the safest way to stop the car.

Major General Al Zafein said it took the police patrols four minutes to stop the car and rescue the woman.

Comments (10)

  1. Added 10:38 July 15, 2013

    It can be two things: car really was our of control , however in such cases we would hear it from car brand's or from global news, too as it can put many thousands in danger if it is faulty parts. From the other hand it looks like it has been well planned. This is a second time I read such story about cruise control failure. Person-driver wanted to gain an attention and acted as if cruise control is not working, otherwise how person could fit into turns and avoid constantly breaking cars. This is usually been done to shot the action using mobile camera and then upload it in youtube to say see how police was chasing me and etc... If cruise control fails it means car marque has to enter to a legal dispute as they will loose their customers if such failure is true.I have a doubth about this story as we will never hear also the feedback of the technitians. Anyways, good job for Police to end this up. Going forward I would advise them to punish such drivesr with heavy fines as this is very much dangerous the way they drive and it influenses other youngsters to follow it. however I might be wrong if there is authentic technition report of marque representative.

    Ali, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:42 July 14, 2013

    Amazing work...thumbs up to the effciency of the police.

    rahan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:37 July 14, 2013

    Sorry but cruise control does not fail, people don't know how to use them correctly and if it did fail as they suggest then here is what you do...PRESS THE BRAKE, if that doesn’t turn it off then put the gear in neutral and then slowly apply the emergency brake (Hand brake) very gradually until the vehicle stops then turn the engine off. Although after 25 years in the car industry I have still never seen a failure in cruise control, the system has many fail safes that if there is any fault it will turn off. The solution here is to teach people to drive correctly and teach them how to use modern technology in vehicles like adaptive cruise control, auto brake, lane departure systems etc. etc.

    Richard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:44 July 14, 2013

    Put it in neutral, how hard can it be.. never heard anything so ridiculous.. she should have her license taken away for not understanding how to control a vehicle..

    Macz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:26 July 14, 2013

    Commendable effort. Such good work makes other drivers feel more safe & confident too in this wonderful place.

    Ajit Anandan, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:23 July 14, 2013

    Since cruise control failure cases are increasing, I think police should publish methods to safely stop the car after consulting with technical experts. Moreover once the failure happened from a specific vehicle, after checking and finding the reason, police should inform public about the particular model so that the owners of that model car can take precautions.

    Krishnakumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:13 July 14, 2013

    There are three options to stop the car.. either press the Cancel button, Reduce the speed by pressing the buttons, step on the breaks. I hope the report will also mention which brand of car so that people will be aware not to buy this brand anymore.

    JR, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:09 July 14, 2013

    Great work done by the police ..

    Khurram, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:32 July 14, 2013

    I think considering past incidents happened across emirates , there is need for the legal authorities re-iterate the policy on approving these vehicles... These are not only dangerous to the drivers as well other civilians. I think the time has come for implementing a strict policy at this stage before it go beyond control next time!

    Haneef Puttur, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:02 July 14, 2013

    Seems to be Excellent job done by Dubai Police. Keep it up!

    Abdul Waheed Ghaffar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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