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

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.