40 new radars to be active by next week
By Rayeesa Absal, Staff ReporterAbu Dhabi: As many as 40 new radars, both fixed and mobile, will be activated along the capital's streets by next week, a traffic official told Gulf News.
Published: April 26, 2009, 23:10
Nearly a quarter of a million traffic violations were recorded in the Emirate over the first three months this year.
Out of the 244,927 violations, more than half were due to speeding, giving officials ample reason to keep motorists under a watchful eye.
"We will activate 40 new fixed and mobile radars by next week," said Major Hussain Ahmad Al Harthi, Director of the Traffic Engineering and Road Safety department at the Traffic and Patrolling Directorate of the police.
He urged motorists to abide by the speed limits in order to assure the safety of all road users.
The radars along the highway will target drivers who speed over 160km/hour.
At deviations, detours and ongoing construction areas the speed limit applicable would be the one shown on temporary speed limit signs, he said.
He cautioned that the high speed limits are only for external roads and that motorists must be mindful of speed limit signs along all internal roads.
Drivers must commit themselves to driving within the specified limits on each road as these limits are derived after deliberation and research on road conditions, accident history of the particular area, pedestrian traffic etc, he explained.
"We also review whether or not the area is commercial and whether there are schools in the vicinity", added Major Al Harthi.
On the following highways, radars are set at 160km/hr in both directions: Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Road (E11) from Al Ghowaifat to Saih Sheib. Abu Dhabi: Al Shahama Road (E10) after Umm Al Naar Bridge (Raha Beach Area ) to Saih Sheib. Abu Dhabi: Al Ain Road (E22) after Umm Al Naar Bridge to Al Yahar (except Al Khazna area). Al Ain: Dubai Road (E66) from Al Foah Roundabout to Al Faqah area. Al Hayer: Sweihan Road. Sweihan: Al Sa'ad Bridge Road Aaliyah Bridge - Al Khana road