LAHORE: At least four people lost their lives in accidents on Sunday in the wake of extremely reduced visibility in the metropolis as thick fog blanketed most of the provincial cities.
Several accidents were reported overnight in different areas of the city owing to almost zero visibility amidst dense fog. A motorcyclist was killed when he accidentally rammed his motorbike into a car on Gurumangat Road. Another man was injured in the accident.
Separately, a man riding a motorbike lost his life after he ran into a pylon on Jail Road.
Two motorcyclists were also run over by a speeding truck on Multan Road.
A fast-moving van went out of control and mounted a pavement in the city area of Muslim Town, injuring at least four people. All the injured were shifted to nearby hospital.
The National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) have started adopting extra-ordinary preventive measures to avoid fog-related incidents and accidents during fog season. “While driving in the extreme foggy conditions we can avoid many untoward incidents/accidents by adopting road safety measure,” said SSP Mirza Faran Baig while chairing a meeting regarding preventive measures in extreme fog.
The SSP said best travelling time during fog was between 10am and 6pm. Fog is often a morning or evening weather phenomena, so if possible, avoid driving during these times, he added. He suggested motorists to increase their count distance by 5 seconds instead of the normal 2 seconds behind another vehicle. Never rush or speed to get out of the fog.
He advised road users to exercise caution at all times because the moisture in the air might continuously collect on the windshield, making it more difficult to see. “Adjust the defroster and windshield wiper speed as necessary. Use fog lights or driving lights, caution at all times as well as fog lights or driving lights on low beam.” He urged motorists to drive carefully on the motorway, observing road safety rules and avoid unnecessary travel during foggy weather. He said the motorists should avoid applying sudden brakes and use fog lights during travelling.
The Meteorological Department forecast that dense foggy conditions, during night and morning hours, would prevail over scattered places of Punjab, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur and Sukkur divisions during the next few days.
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