Posted on June 17, 2017

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad Trauma Center is reminding motorists to practice safe driving when using the roads, especially during Iftar and the upcoming Eid holidays.

In an appeal to all families and residents of Qatar, Dr. Hassan Al Thani, Head of the Hamad Trauma Center said: “During this month of observance, let us keep our families and friends safe by providing constant adult supervision for young children as they walk on the roads or in parking areas. I would also like to remind drivers and all vehicle passengers to use seatbelts and to ensure children are in a car seat on every journey. Drive within the speed limit and abstain from distractions, such as using mobile phones while driving.” 

Dr. Rafael Consunji, Director of the Hamad Injury Prevention Program, the community outreach arm of the Hamad Trauma Center, said: “Let us build on the momentum from our previous successful efforts to make roads in Qatar safer for all during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We advise road users to exercise extra attention, patience and restraint during this Ramadan as people may be rushing to break their fast or are more prone to impaired driving because they are distracted, tired or sleepy.”

Hamad Trauma Center offers the following recommendations to all road users to safeguard against road injuries and avoidable deaths during this period:

  • Drivers and all passengers must wear seatbelts on every trip; this is the only proven way to prevent severe injuries and death in motor vehicle crashes. Child passengers, younger than 11 years, must be seated in the rear seat or in an age appropriate car seat.
  • Always drive within the speed limit and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front so you can brake safely.
  • Avoid distractions such as mobile phones, earphones or loud music, so you can pay full attention to road conditions; this goes for both drivers and pedestrians.
  • If you are a pedestrian or a cyclist, use the bicycle paths (where available), pedestrian crossings and sidewalks. Walk in the direction facing the traffic flow so you can see oncoming vehicles and they will not suddenly emerge from behind or beside you.
  • Young children, less than 10 years, do not have the necessary skills to walk safely on their own. They must always be supervised by a responsible adult when they play or walk on roads or in parking areas.
  • Always listen to weather forecasts and general advice about driving conditions on the local radio or TV so you can plan your route and make an earlier trip if necessary.