Dubai: Motorists on Thursday afternoon faced heavy traffic jams after a multi-vehicle accident blocked Shaikh Zayed road.
Police alerted drivers on social networking sites over the traffic incident, and warned motorists to take alternative routes.
A multi-vehicle #traffic #accident on SZ rd in Trade Center tunnel towards Abu Dhabi and there is traffic jam in Al Garhood bridge, be extra cautious & take alternative ways.— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) January 18, 2018
Traffic jams also affected Al Garhoud bridge as motorists attempted to make their way to Sharjah though Al Ittihad Road.
Three more accidents also delayed motorists on Al Khail Road, Al Ittihad Road in Garhoud, near the Emirates Aviation Training College.
Accidents and bottlenecks had earlier blocked traffic flow on Thursday morning, with a number of popular routes brought to a standstill.
At around 6am, a traffic was first reported on the highway of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed (MBZ), heading from Sharjah to Dubai. Traffic near Dubai International Airport, especially close to Amman Street, crawled with slow-moving traffic.
By 8am, Shaikh Zayed Road was also one of the main roads affected by traffic jams after an accident happened after Times Square, Sharjah-bound, followed by another accident near the Umm Suqeim exit.
Drivers on Ras Al Khor Road faced delays due to an accident in the industrial area, in the direction towards Dubai.
Slow-moving traffic was also reported on Al Sa’ada Street near the Dubai Trade Centre, near Business Bay area, and Hessa Street from MBZ towards Al Barsha.
Dubai Police are warning motorists not to speed and to adhere to traffic rules, in a bid to cut road deaths.
As many as 230 people have been killed in traffic accidents caused by speeding across the country in 2017, a decline when compared to 312 in 2016.
Police in Dubai also recently posted a video on social networking sites as part its year-long campaign Speed Kills, which aims to reach a target of zero road deaths by 2020.
The traffic index now stands at 4.4 road fatalities out of every 100,000 people.