According to Abu Dhabi Police records, 61 deaths during the last year were a result of exceeding the legal speed limits.  

Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police, said: “Of the total number of deaths caused by traffic accidents, 23 percent of the deaths are attributed to speeding.”

Brigadier Al Harithi warned against exceeding the legal speed limits. “The higher the speed is, the less time there is to stop - which makes it more difficult to avoid traffic accident,” he said. “It is imperative that motorists respect the legal speed limits in order to avoid traffic accidents that may result in deaths and injuries.”

Adding further, the Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate stressed the commitment of the Abu Dhabi Police to promote traffic education among drivers in the public and private sectors. He also highlighted the importance of adhering to legal speed limits and in intensifying the efforts in traffic control through patrols and radars for maximum safety.

Brigadier Al Harithi also indicated that a total of 10,000 drivers from public and private sectors have benefited from the 169 awareness programs and lectures during the past year. “These programs and lectures aim to enhance the rates of those abiding by the fixed legal speeds limits that have been designated on the signage alongside the roads,” he said.

Brigadier Al Harithi reiterated his appeal to the motorists to observe speed limits to maintain their safety and the safety of other road users. He also called upon the various segments of the community to further enhance their efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting the culture of safe driving and to abide by the legal speed limits in a bid to prevent traffic accidents that are caused by speeding.

Brigadier Al Harithi noted that the Directorate has already used various media outlets to announce the sites of the radars and the legal speed limits on the internal and external roads of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“The Directorate has appealed to drivers to respect the legal speed limits as specified on the signage boards on both sides of the road, and urges them to reduce speeds for their safety and the safety of road users,” he said.

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