Jordan to intensify road safety during Ramadan


Published: 2018-05-15 13:45

Last Updated: 2018-05-15 14:53

Driving during Ramadan can prove tough for some of those fasting. (Roya)
Driving during Ramadan can prove tough for some of those fasting. (Roya)
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The streets of big cities in Jordan are jammed much of the day, every day. And now that the holy month is about to begin, rush hour is going to take on a new meaning, as Jordanians rush out to do some last-minute Ramadan shopping. Thankfully, the Public Security Department (PSD) has a plan to keep congestion at a minimum by keeping the roads clear and all vehicles moving.

Omar Sartawi, the Spokesperson for the PSD, said that his department will be executing a traffic and security plan as Ramadan draws near. Sartawi noted that the Central Traffic Department (CTD) will collaborate with police stations across the country to prevent traffic congestion and keep traffic violators under check.

Traffic police officers will also pay close attention to “reckless” drivers who could potentially cause accidents and traffic jams on main roads, shopping streets and roads with nearby mosques. Residential and busy shopping areas will see increased security, as the CTD will deploy more police cars in those areas.

A lack of food and water can make you feel tired and disoriented, but we can recommend four ways to keep you safe on the road during Ramadan.

1. If you feel dizzy and dehydrated, don’t drive. If you’re already driving, park on the side of the road until you feel better. If you don’t feel better, call 911.

2. Plan your day so that you can drive slowly and in time for Iftar or dinner, without potentially getting into an accident.

3. A lack of food can make you grumpy, but don’t let that make you fall victim to road rage. If you feel like you might get angry at another driver, just take a deep breath and count to ten.

4. If you’re going to break your fast in the car, park to the side and eat/drink something, in order to avoid being distracted while driving.