Dubai Police on Monday warned motorists to ensure their car tyres were in good condition after eight people died and 35 were injured in accidents caused by tyre bursts.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department in Dubai Police, said tyres were one of the most important parts in the car and drivers should check their tyres before hitting the road.
“Driving a vehicle with poor or expired tyres is very dangerous and risky for the driver, passenger and other road users because it can burst and cause sudden swerving, and flip over if drivers are speeding. It can cause many casualties on the roads,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.
Police patrols recently checked tyres during a campaign called ‘summer without accidents’ to reduce the number of deaths and traffic accidents.
“Our officers issued 2,248 fines for cars on the roads with expired or poor tyres while 5,594 drivers were fined last year,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.
He said that they checked 1,109 tyres in Dubai as part of the campaign and distributed fliers and notes to the drivers to raise awareness to avoid traffic accidents.
“Drivers must change their old tyres and not to drive on bad tyres for long distances to protect their lives and others,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.