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Revealed: Dubai's most fined roads

Believe it or not, motorists got 81 speeding fines per hour on Shaikh Zayed Road in 2011, and it gets even worse in 2012

  • By Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 May 17, 2012

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  • Shaikh Zayed Road. Last year, motorists racked up 714,894 fines for exceeding speed limits on Shaikh Zayed Road. That's nearly 2,000 tickets a day or 81 an hour.
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Dubai: The city's finest road is also the one which has the highest number of speeding fines.

Last year, motorists racked up 714,894 fines for exceeding speed limits on Shaikh Zayed Road. That's nearly 2,000 tickets a day or 81 an hour.

Obviously, they haven't learnt anything. In the first three months of 2012, the heavy footed incurables have run up 210,128 tickets on this freeway - a 27 per cent jump from 165,074 between January and March last year.

Among the speed kings is Indian actor Kamaal Rashid Khan who clocked Dh7,000 in speeding fines on Valentine's Day night. But it's still nothing compared to this man whose car was impounded after he racked up Dh127,000 in fines.

Al Khail Road came a distant second with 113,068 fines last year. Curiously, Emirates Road, which was responsible for the highest number of deaths (14) in 2011, recorded 100,467 speeding tickets.

Fourth on the list is Dubai Al Ain Road (98,531) followed by the Dubai Bypass Road (89,943).

Speed radars on 10 key roads detected 1.33 million violations in 2011 - nearly three per minute.

After cancer and heart attack, speeding is the most likely cause of death in Dubai. Yet motorists appear in no hurry to slow down.

Dubai-Al Ain Road recorded 30,142 speeding tickets in the first three months of 2012, up 24.8 per cent from the same period last year.

Mercifully, the situation on Emirates Road is less frightening. Speeding violations here went down from 29,944 between January-March in 2011 to 27781, an 8 per cent drop.

Number of speeding fines in 2011

Shaikh Zayed Road: 714,894

Al Khail Road: 113,068

Emirates Road: 100,467

Dubai-Al Ain Road: 98,531

Dubai ByPass Road: 89,943

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  1. Added 14:43 May 17, 2012

    The SZR is definitely becoming a safer place to drive but the speed cameras do not catch the lane weaving headlight flashing drivers who seem content on causing as much chaos and danger to others between the speed cameras. Next Step deploy more unmarked Police Cars to catch the dangerous drivers , and punish those who insist on travelling without wearing seatbelts and putting childrens lives at risk.

    Dawood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:38 May 17, 2012

    Why would the writer of this article be surprised that there are a lot of fines on Sh. Zayed Rd? Maybe because she doesn't drive (on Sh. Zayed)? Maybe she is not aware that going faster than 100 is not only unlawful but it is not very smart? Reporters would do well to remember their cultural bias when writing for an English-reading can truly blind you so much that you can no longer distinguish what is acceptable and safe behaviour from what is not. A trip to the West might provide some ideas and statistics to highlight how simply petty and criminal driving can be in Dubai. I am all too aware of my cultural biases, they get reinforced almost every minute I spend on that road and the others too...(the darker the tint on the windows the worse the driving etc. etc.)

    Iskander, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:38 May 17, 2012

    Good and eye-opening statistics. I would suggest if RTA can implement to SMS the errant driver as soon as he is detected for fine. This way he / she will be more alert and will certainly try not to repeat it. Also please provide details of amount for these fines which RTA has collected from the errant and fined drivers.

    Prakash Chand Mehta, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:16 May 17, 2012

    I have found many drivers, can say 10 per cent at any time on mobile phone. Somebody put me and other vehicle in an accident due to his careless driving and he just continued on phone and moved away creating an accident. Police should be in plain colour vehicles and give black points to those who use hand sets while driving.

    vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:59 May 17, 2012

    I have been driving on SZR for more than a year and have no fines till date. Drive safe people!

    Satyajit, Dubai, India

  6. Added 11:56 May 17, 2012

    The reason why emirates road has less speeding cars is because the roads are spacious and there aren't many offices. As for SZR, most of Dubai's offices are on it and people are always in a hurry to reach for their meetings (lack of organisation skills). Also due to rush hour people try to reach before rush hour time, leading to speeding and accidents. The Salik gates also do not help as people from the extreme left lane want to go to the extreme right lane which are for free exits. This leads to sudden breaks and accidents and deaths. The excessive hidden cameras are also the reason for more accidents on SZR. People notice the hidden cameras and hit the brakes immediately hoping not to get caught by the camera. Therefore the usual pile up on SZR

    Raza Rizvi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:36 May 17, 2012

    I think the only way the authorities concerned can curb speeding is by introducing the automatic speed limits in vehicles. There is a way by which a small contraption under the bonnet can disallow any vehicle to move beyond a particular speed. I forget what it is called, but remember having read it some time ago. These units automatically switch on after they have been set to follow an allowable or limited speed, and ensures that the vehicle does not go over that setting. The automobile distributors in UAE can have these units fixed in to all vehicles even before they are sold. Likewise, the authorities must make it mandatory for all vehicles new or used to install the system. Errant owners must be pulled up by confiscation of their licenses and vehicles on the spot.

    Amit Bhattacharjie, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:25 May 17, 2012

    This speeding fine analysis is incomplete as the fines per hour has not been put into perspective with how busy each road is, pointless article really.

    Lokesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:50 May 17, 2012

    Habitual speeders are common criminals, until we treat vehicles with the same respect as a loaded weapon nothing will change. Also there is no such thing as the ''fast'' lane as all lanes except the trucking lane have the same speed limit, the outside lane is for overtaking not for cruising at match 1 with all your lights on including the fog lights. I find that the bigger the car the more aggresive the driver is. I'd triple the price of petrol that would slow things down.

    Paul Devine, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:36 May 17, 2012

    Wow that's a minimum of 670 million in total revenue just from speeding tickets.

    Adil Sait, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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