UAE | Traffic and Transport

Police to get tougher on speeding

Top official proposes lowering limit and margins as part of 'Speeding kills' campaign

  • By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 November 25, 2011
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • In order to deter speeding, Dubai Police plan to intensify patrols and radar guns, especially on highways.

Dubai: A proposal is being prepared to amend speed limits on Dubai roads and introduce more stringent punishments for breaking them, Dubai Police said on Thursday.

Announcing the second ‘Speeding Kills' campaign this year, Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of Dubai Police's Traffic Department, said he was not satisfied with the present speed limits and margins of 20 kilometres per hour (kph).

"A margin of 10kph over the maximum speed limit will be enough, and we are seeking an amendment to the current speed limits, especially on the roads inside the city," Maj Gen Al Zafein said.

The step is in line with the police's strategy to reduce road deaths to zero per 100,000 residents by 2020 from the current rate of four per 100,000 residents.

The ‘Speeding Kills' campaign, which started yesterday, will run until the end of the year.

"We saw a 50 per cent reduction in road deaths caused by speeding during the month of the campaign last year, and we are aiming to cut down road deaths this year as well by intensifying our patrols and radar guns especially on highways," he said.

The road death toll has reached 118 so far this year, against 152 in 2010.

"I expect that by the end of the year, the number will not exceed 135 deaths, but will not be less than 125," Maj Gen Al Zafein said.

While Emirates Road and Shaikh Zayed Road continue to have the highest number of fatal crashes, Dubai Bypass Road is also being monitored as one of the worst when it comes to road deaths. "Light vehicles caused the highest number of deaths, but in the second place came heavy vehicles, which caused 92 deaths between 2005 and 2007, although they only add up to 20 per cent of the total number of vehicles on the road, and since heavy vehicles use Dubai Bypass Road, we are witnessing an increase in the number of deaths on this road," he added.

There were 201 violations of exceeding the speed limit by 60kph and above in 2011, and 184,745 speeding tickets were issued to commercial vehicles, including 40,475 on Shaikh Zayed Road and 6,585 on Shaikh Rashid Road.

"We will not achieve our target of zero road deaths unless we strictly impose the laws, make seatbelts mandatory for back seat passengers and amend speed limits and margins," Maj Gen Al Zafein said.

No small number

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police, said losing 125 people to road accidents calls for more efforts to reduce this number.

In his opening speech of the ‘Speeding Kills' campaign, he said Dubai Police was criticised because of the high number of radars on the roads, but saving human life is the purpose behind these radars.

"Speed is the determining factor in many cases of whether a person dies in a road accident or not, and we are keen to cut down the number of deaths," he said.

  • 20kph: maximum permissible margin of exceeding limit
  • 4: road deaths per 100,000 residents in the UAE
  • 118: road death toll this year as against 152 in 2010
  • 184,745: speeding tickets for commercial vehicles this year

Punitive Measures

Drivers exceeding the speed limit by 60kph will be immediately stopped, fined Dh1,000, given 12 black points, and have their cars confiscated for a month.

Breaking the limit by 51 to 59kph will result in eight black points and a Dh900 fine.

Indian, Pakistani and Emirati drivers caused the highest number of deadly accidents and people from the same nationalities also constituted the highest number of road victims, while the age group that caused the highest number of fatal accidents was between 18 and 30 years old.

Comments (30)

  1. Added 17:41 November 25, 2011

    There are few tips to be monitored: - Driving within the speed limits in each track and ensure not driving fast in the crowed area at all. - Driving behaviors - Safe distance - Give way - Maintaining safe distance from the car ahead. - Respect others on the roads / Think you are not the only one. - Stay in line supposed to be in (based on your speed limit) - Changing lanes (Indicator doesn’t mean authorizing you to change the lane immediately by affecting someone else on the second lane). It’s a request and indicating only. Change the lane only when you fully satisfied and authorized. - Know the turn / Exit in advance and act before you reach to the point of turn or exit. Means take your proper lane before you reaching to the hard point. - Accident is a two second factor so be patient and humble not aggressive. - Using proper signals / Mirrors and shoulder look. - Using fog lights / slowing the speed limits from the normal during rainy or foggy weather. - Using mobile phone with headsets - Talking to others in the car should not move your concentration from the road. - Driving carefully while crossing heavy vehicles special load vehicles. Do not drive longer beside heavy vehicle. - Do not change lane while turning or in turns and banned roads.

    Faheem, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:37 November 25, 2011

    " SPEED THRILLS, BUT KILLS"...SO REDUCE YOUR SPEED WHILE DRIVING....GOD BLESS YOU.....

    Yoonu. H, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:01 November 25, 2011

    Unauthorized parking of vechicles on the road side near the Metro Railway stations are inceasing accidents, sometimes ending up in a fatal accident. Authorities should also mobilize a patrol near the Metro Stations on the road side so that people will not park their cars to drop their freinds / commuters to the trains.

    Param, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:51 November 25, 2011

    More than the accidents caused by speeding vehicles, i think texting during driving has caused maximum accidents in the past 2 years. Ever since the Balckberry has become popular amongst us all, using the Blackberry Messenger and emails while driving is on the rise. While doing these, the drivers lose concentration on the roads, as they tend to look down rather than on the roads, while reading or typing messages. Attending to calls is not as dangerous since the eyes are still on the road!!

    ABHILAS H ABRAHAM, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:19 November 25, 2011

    We really appreciate the steps taken by the authroities. one more thing i wanted to mention the HEAD LIGHT of the cars with WHITE Halogen bulbs are giving lot of trouble to front driver. the front driver unable to give attention in their driving as behind car is having full white color halogen bulb in there car, especially in the dark time. i request the authorities ban the white color halogen bulbs in the cars.

    SHAMS, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:15 November 25, 2011

    I dont understand that why there are two figures???? If its posted 100 KMPH than all must follow only 100 KMPH. Also not always speed is cause of accident, there are many drivers who turns into macho and drives. These people are mostly involved in Accident. Also people who are busy on phone can cause accidents.

    Vector, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:54 November 25, 2011

    Lowering the margin is the right step. I fully agree with other comments that speed is not the ony killer on the roads. Poor lane discipline / lane hogging is just as bad if not worse. However, this step should be applied across the UAE, as having different rules in different emirates will cause confusion. Confusion causes accidents!

    Ziad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:36 November 25, 2011

    There are many careful drivers who speed but follow the other rules of maintaining distances, etc.... I am pleased though at the new efforts the authorities are using to save lives. I have to say Khail Road is another hot spot of toruble. From personal example I know the speed limit says 100 but you can safely do 129 without getting flashed by the radar. This encourages people to push that line before the flash and only slow down just enough to not get flashed. Between radars their speeds increase up to 145-150. People who constantly use this road have memorized the radars and the "hot spots" for sudden Radar checks. Having more random police patrols on site, more radar points, and lowering the speed to flashing at 111 will save a lot of accidents on this road. It wasn't mentioned in the article when these effects will take place. Can you please let us know. No one wants to suddenly get flashed.

    Brandy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:34 November 25, 2011

    Along with installation of required number of radars to track the overspeeding drivers, the following points can also be tracked by using traffic flow monitoring radars to ensure safe driving on roads: 1) motorists who do not keep safe distances between cars. (Many times it has been noticed that speeding motorists from behind come very close to the car infront and flash their lights thereby making chances of collisions. 2) If a vehicle infront puts on an indicator to change tracks, the vehicle behind on the next track where the indicator has been diverted should either keep the same speed or slow down a little so that the original vehicle can change track safely. Many times it has been noticed that as soon as one sees a car infront puts on indicator to change track, the vehicle behind on the adjacent track would increase speed and come close horning as if to block the car from changing tracks. These types actions should be tracked. 3) When we approach a red signal the speed of the car should be reduced well before reasching signal to stop smoothly. Many times it has been noticed that motorists inspite of seeing a red signal ahead drive at a greater speed and make a sudden stop just near the signal causing panic to other motorists as well as pedestrians waiting to cross through the signal. 4) The taxi drivers on the road are always busy to get more trips within stipulated time frame and thereby changing tracks very often here and there and showing reckless driving on roads. If points like above can also be monitored through any radar system that would be appreciatable !! Thanks.

    Biju, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:09 November 25, 2011

    I think the speed on major highways should be +20 and in the inner roads it should be +10. this is my opinion.... highways shouldn't be reduced.....

    Adil, Dubai, Pakistan

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