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15 new speed radars on Abu Dhabi roads

Shaikh Zayed Street and tunnel given highest attention

  • By Nada AlTaher, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 29, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Police
  • A newly installed radar on the Shaikh Zayed Tunnel in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: Fifteen new speed radars will be activated starting Tuesday, the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate announced on Monday.

Seven of the new radars have been installed on the entrance, exits and roads of the newly opened Shaikh Zayed tunnel.

The remaining radars will be installed along Khaleej Al Arabi Street, the Bainuna Street tunnel and the Al Raha beach area.

Captain Ahmad Al Muhairi, head of the safety division at the traffic engineering and road safety section at the directorate also revealed that the speed limit on Shaikh Zayed Street which extends after Al Sa’ada bridge leading into the main tunnel was set at 80 km/h without leeway while the speed limit after the tunnel section is 60 km/h.

Recently, the Abu Dhabi Police reported almost 70,000 speed violations along Shaikh Zayed Street in 2012.

Al Muhairi also highlighted that the importance of placing nearly half of the speed guns in and around the Shaikh Zayed tunnel was because of its big role in channelling fast-moving traffic into the city’s Corniche and Mina areas.

Heavy vehicles weighing over 2 tonnes, and trucks carrying flammable substances such as gas, are prohibited from passing through the tunnel in either direction.

Al Muhairi added that the installation of the new speed traps is part of the Abu Dhabi Police’s plan to make roads in the capital safer by activating more fixed and mobile radars, especially in residential areas.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:00 January 29, 2013

    Impressive efforts from traffic dept. I request them to instal boards which mention the highest speed of radar at which camera can flash, so that the misconception/confusion of drives will be eliminated who adds 20 km/hr whenever see any speed limit board and also helpfull for slow/new drivers like me to identify. Thanks

    Sabah, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:39 January 29, 2013

    I believe that reducing speed limits is not gonna solve anything. Infact its gonna result in more frustrated drivers. What the traffic dept should consider doing is getting rid of rash and unresaonable drivers. People driving slow on the fast lane, or cutting into lanes without proper signalling these are some of the reasons why there are (a) frustrated drivers and (b) accidents. Imagine driving at 80kms/hr on a wide road its simply ridiculous and would build up traffic.

    SJS, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:56 January 29, 2013

    Its a very good and logic step, its really required to force drivers to give way to others who want to go inside the city. Smart drivers should drive slowly even without radars.

    Bahaa, Said, United Arab Emirates

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