Abu Dhabi: A total of 36 major intersections across the capital will be monitored by advanced radars from July 15 onwards, the Abu Dhabi Police announced on Saturday.
The radars, which make use of 108 flash-free cameras, can detect a host of traffic violations, including speeding, motorists who run the red light, and drivers who accelerate when the traffic light turns yellow.
Brigadier Hussain Al Harithi, director or traffic and patrols at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the radars aim to reduce traffic violations and the resulting injuries and fatalities.
“The new systems are able to detect speed limits very accurately, and are flash-free,” he warned motorists.
As reported by Gulf News, the police had announced earlier this year that 150 signalised intersections across the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be monitored using these radar systems by 2017.
The radars provide traffic officials with three-dimensional monitoring, and can record the licence plates of passing vehicles. They can also monitor average speeds on both carriageways of a road, and will be able to provide inputs for variable message signs installed at certain bridges and junctions.
Brig Al Harithi said that the most common violations in the capital are speeding, overtaking, running the red light, sudden swerving between lanes, and parking vehicles at pedestrian crossings.
Police statistics indicate that speeding constituted nearly 79 per cent of traffic violations in the first quarter of this year.
In addition, during the first two months of the year, a total of 3,964 motorists were caught running red lights. Such violations can prove fatal and, between January and June 2013 alone, six people died in the emirate and two others were severely injured in 65 accidents in which motorists ran a red light.
Brig Al Harithi urged motorists to abide by traffic regulations, saying that this would ensure their own safety as well as that of other road users and pedestrians. He especially cautioned against speeding when the traffic light turns yellow.