LAHORE - With the dawn of the foggy season, the National Highways and Motorway Police have started adopting extra-ordinary preventive measures to avoid fog-related incidents and accidents. ?In the past, fog has been a foremost cause of grave accidents on highways and numerous lives were lost. In order to ensure a free flow of traffic on the national highways, rules and principle have been set, which are required to be practised in letter and spirit,? said Inspector General NH&MP Dr Wasim Kauser, while presiding over a high level meeting about the arrangements of the NH&MP upcoming dense fog weather, held at the IG camp office Thokar Niaz Baig on Saturday. DIG Syed Ibne Hussain and SSP Muhammad Ali Naekokara were also present on the occasion. Dr Wasim further said the motto ?Safety First' should be kept in mind, and defoggers should be used frequently to clear the windscreen, rear screen and back view mirror of a vehicle. The NH&MP officers must be stationed at all toll plazas, interchanges and entry points, and impart necessary briefing to the drivers regarding safety measures and speed limit etc. These officers should ask the commuters to switch on the lights in fog or any other hazard, and must ensure that interior lights of the Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) vehicles should be switched on for a clear view. He further said that all officers would patrol in reflective jackets. Slow moving and animal drawn vehicles should be asked to move on the hard shoulder with proper reflectors. U-turns will be avoided, and all safety measures must be followed if it is necessary to take such turns. Dr Wasim further said no public service/private vehicle would be intercepted on a highway, except for pressing reasons during thick fog. Briefing/patrolling officer should request the commuters to drive at a moderate speed while keeping a safe distance. The NH&MP vehicles will patrol constantly round the clock with extreme vigil. Sensitive areas should continuously be patrolled and side alley should be used frequently. Six cones instead of three should be placed at the site of break down vehicle and they should be placed at a safe distance. He appealed the road users to follow instructions in fog. A few of the instructions are: Listen for traffic you cannot see. Open your window a little, to hear well. Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility. Do not stop on a freeway or heavily travelled road. After pulling off the road, turn on your hazard flashers (hazard lights should only be used when you pull over to show that you are parked on the side of the road). Move away from the vehicle. Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even further. Keep your windshield and headlights clean, to reduce the glare and increase visibility. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding. Speed is a major factor in fog-related crashes. Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles. Reduce the distractions in your vehicle. Turn off the radio and cell phone. Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide. Avoid passing and/or changing lanes.