The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police announced that it has installed 185 new radars on internal and external roads in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, during the first quarter of 2014. These measures are part of a comprehensive plan to improve traffic safety and include increasing the number of radars, surveillance systems, and cameras across intersections in Abu Dhabi.

Colonel Khalifa AL Khaili, Director of Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Department said that all old and new radars and red light cameras are highly efficient in recording speed violations and red light jumping. He also urged drivers to observe traffic laws.

Colonel AL Khaili indicated that the increase in the numbers of automatic control devices is a multi-level operation that is part of a comprehensive plan to improve traffic safety. This plan is based on 6 pillars and is known as the 6Es; (Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Emergency, Evaluation and Engagement). It also includes installing radars and surveillance cameras on all roads and intersections in the Abu Dhabi Emirate, with a view to achieve the Abu Dhabi Police Vision of zero fatalities due to traffic accidents by 2030.

Colonel AL Khaili explained that the new radars will catch offenders travelling on all lanes in both ways and record speed limits violations, overtaking on the hard shoulder of the road, and failure to leave sufficient safe distance between vehicles. He also noted that installing these radars aims at maintaining drivers’ safety in the first place and promoting adherence to traffic laws. This would ultimately prompt drivers to reduce speed, which may pose a significant risk to drivers and other road users, should drivers lose control of their vehicle.

Colonel Al Khaili also explained that the new radars’ locations have been determined according to traffic accidents and violations indicators. This would curb over-speeding and other causes that lead to traffic accidents and their resulting human and economic losses, in addition to its negative social effects.

Moreover, Colonel Al Khaili cautioned drivers against the dangers of exceeding the designated speed limits on both internal and external roads, as over-speeding was touted as the major cause of traffic accidents last year and accounted for 15% of the total number of road accidents. Over-speeding violations accounted for 79% of the total number of violations that were issued during the same period.

He urged drivers to pay attention and be cautious, not only to avoid being caught by radars, but to preserve their safety and the safety of other road users. He stressed the importance of involving all community sectors in the efforts aimed at spreading the safe driving culture and observing the designated legal speed limits in order to prevent traffic accidents.

Colonel Al Khaili called upon all drivers to follow instruction signs and road marks that designate the appropriate speed limits. He also urged them to maintain a safe distance between vehicles to protect road users and reduce traffic accidents.

In conclusion, Colonel Al Khaili reiterated the Traffic and Patrols Directorate’s commitment to intensifying awareness campaigns regarding the dangers of over-speeding. These programs target drivers of both public and private sectors, through traffic awareness lectures and exhibitions, in addition awareness messages through the media and the “Together” Campaign to reduce traffic accidents by encouraging adherence to designated speed limits on all roads. He also stressed the importance of following the temporary speed limits established near traffic diversions and construction sites on internal and external roads.
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