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Sharjah: Man saved after cruise control fails

Police give instructions to him over the phone

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 20:00 July 26, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: Traffic police saved the life of an Emirati man whose cruise control failed while he was driving his four-wheel vehicle at a speed of 139km/h on Maliha Road on the way to Sharjah, according to Shajah Police.

Police said the incident happened on Friday morning.

“The fear was that the driver would endanger his life and the life of other road users,” police said.

According to First Lieutenant Hassan Al Zahouri, duty police officer, the police operations emergency room at Sharjah Police received a call from a motorist saying his cruise control had failed and he was driving at 139km/h.

“Police, the civil defence and a number of police patrols rushed quickly and they tried to keep other motorists away from that driver in order to avoid a disaster on the road,” the officer said.

Al Zahouri said the police contacted the driver over the phone to give him instructions as to how to control his car. He was told to put his hazard lights on, to put his car in neutral and to hold the steering wheel firmly.

“The driver stopped the car and the problem was solved in a short period of time safely,” said Al Zahouri.

Brigadier Abdullah Mubarak Al Dukhan, deputy director of Sharjah Police, said such incidents were happening frequently in the country these days.

He said that the Ministry of Economy should find a speedy solution for such a dangerous problem and the ministry should communicate with the concerned agencies to solve the issue.

“We have noticed that the cruise failure problem has been happening in different kinds of vehicles, especially brand new cars,” he said.

Brigadier Al Dukhan said that motorists should not rely purely on cruise control and if they wish to use it they should drive at lower speeds, especially on highways.

He said motorists should inspect their vehicles frequently.

“Motorists should keep a safe speed while driving and fasten their seat belts and be alert to anything that could happened on the road and contact the police operations emergency room immediately in case of any issues,” he said.

Comments (13)

  1. Added 17:21 July 27, 2013

    I have been several stories of cruise control failing of late and is really troubling now, as I use it quite frequently on the high ways. In such an event one may not know what to do immediately, especially when there is family along and also the fear of hurting someone else. With so many incidents of failure, one should analyze why this happens to vehicles and what is to be done in case of an emergency. I dont think i will be using it for a while now and will get the system thoroughly checked at next service.

    Brandon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:05 July 27, 2013

    When cruise fails, depends on the car model the brake also fails The driver will be left with option to change the vehicle to nuetral and slow down the vehicle, can apply the handbrake(if its manual) once the speed is reduced. Now a days most of the cars handbrakes are also electronic, in such case still no idea!!

    just, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:28 July 27, 2013

    Its simple..just change the gear to netural & switch off the key switch...car will stop after some time...

    Sonic, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:59 July 27, 2013

    Please name the car models when writing these stories, why are you covering the car manufacturers mistakes?

    li, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:56 July 27, 2013

    First of all the authorities of the UAE should take immediate action by suing the motor companies. If these events occured in the west, you would have car manufacturers scrambling to recall the cars and fix the issue. But in the UAE these issues are happening on an almost daily basis. With regards to the story, Gulfnews is always posting stories about cruise control failures, but in none of the articles is it told how the issue is fixed so that others can learn from the problem and safegaurd themselves.

    anon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:25 July 27, 2013

    I request to the concerned body to take immediate action on this dangerous issue. Thanks ALLAH so far no casualties.

    Masud Karim, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:17 July 27, 2013

    please disclose the details how did the car stopped or what should we do to stop the car in this situation

    Muhammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:53 July 27, 2013

    If a cruise control fails, does the car starts losing speed or does it start accelerating itself? Also, is it not possible for the driver to lightly step on the brake and slow down the car to a halt or until it comes under control?

    Asim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:46 July 27, 2013

    the police should publish how the car was stopped and post tips if something happens like this again

    anil malkani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:09 July 27, 2013

    We have been reading these horror stories of cruise control failures too often now. I use cruise all the time in-fact cannot drive without it at all. Gulf News and authorities are not disclosing the result of investigations, like which make and model of cars are more susceptible to failure, was it something to do with illegal mods on the car or something else. I'll request authorities to share more information so that we can be more careful.

    Piyush, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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