Sharjah: Man saved after cruise control fails

Police give instructions to him over the phone

13 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.

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  • Brandon

    Jul 27, 2013 5:21

    I have been several stories of cruise control failing of late and isreally troubling now, as I use it quite frequently on the high ways. Insuch an event one may not know what to do immediately, especially whenthere is family along and also the fear of hurting someone else. Withso many incidents of failure, one should analyze why this happens tovehicles and what is to be done in case of an emergency. I dont think iwill be using it for a while now and will get the system thoroughlychecked at next service.

  • just

    Jul 27, 2013 5:05

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

  • Sonic

    Jul 27, 2013 4:28

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

  • li

    Jul 27, 2013 3:59

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

  • anon

    Jul 27, 2013 3:56

    First of all the authorities of the UAE should take immediate action bysuing the motor companies. If these events occured in the west, youwould have car manufacturers scrambling to recall the cars and fix theissue. But in the UAE these issues are happening on an almost dailybasis. With regards to the story, Gulfnews is always posting storiesabout cruise control failures, but in none of the articles is it toldhow the issue is fixed so that others can learn from the problem andsafegaurd themselves.

  • Masud Karim

    Jul 27, 2013 3:25

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

  • Muhammad

    Jul 27, 2013 3:17

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

  • Asim

    Jul 27, 2013 12:53

    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?

  • anil malkani

    Jul 27, 2013 12:46

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

  • Piyush

    Jul 27, 2013 12:09

    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.

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I have been several stories of cruise control failing of late and isreally troubling now, as I use it quite frequently on the high ways. Insuch an event one may not know what to do immediately, especially whenthere is family along and also the fear of hurting someone else. Withso many incidents of failure, one should analyze why this happens tovehicles and what is to be done in case of an emergency. I dont think iwill be using it for a while now and will get the system thoroughlychecked at next service.

Brandon

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