By: Zain al Tauqi

MUSCAT: Citizens and expatriates who were out on streets to celebrate sultanate’s 45th National Day over the weekend witnessed increased police patrolling.

As the celebrations are expected to continue through next week, a senior ROP official has urged motorists to be cautious and avoid using airhorns, firecrackers and offensive decorations on vehicles.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Maj Rashid al Abri said, “Though the ROP is very flexible when it comes to celebrations, especially National Day, anti-social behaviour will not be allowed. “Motorists hampering traffic flow or putting other lives at risk by performing stunts on the roads will be dealt with strictly. Airhorns, firecrackers, indecent behaviour and performing stunts on the roads should be avoided.”

Maj Abri added, “Creativity has touched new heights in car decorations over the years, and this too poses a challenge for authorities. Motorists should ensure that the decorations on cars do not hamper visibility. “The vehicle’s number plate and original colour should be visible and images and messages printed should not be offensive. Images of political leaders from other countries too should be displayed in a respectful manner.”

He also said that performing stunts on roads and violation of rules could attract fines. “Our officials will be on standby as the number of accidents increase during this time. Citizens and residents can register complaints regarding any anti-social behaviour,” Maj Abri said.