By Andy Sambidge
Air unit tasked with catching 'young stunt motorists' and film other violators on emirate's roads
Abu Dhabi Police is taking to the air in a bid to catch reckless motorists ad part of plans to improve road safety in the emirate.
The police force's air wing is conducting patrols to watch motorists and other traffic-rule violators, news agency WAM reported on Monday.
Brigadier Hussein Al Harethi, director of Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Department, said the air patrols will film offending motorists and locate areas of traffic congestion.
He added that the focus of the air reconnaissance will be on vehicles which don't carry licence plates and young "stunt motorists" in order to control these potentially fatal practices.
Earlier this month it was reported that a total of 24 people have been killed and 33 seriously injured as a result of 157 accidents on highways in and out of Abu Dhabi in the first six months of this year.
The statistics have prompted Abu Dhabi Police to urge workers living outside the UAE capital to find closer accommodation to curb traffic congestion.
Police said most of the 157 accidents between January and June occurred on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai and Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highways.
Most crashes occurred during peak times as motorists commuted to and from work.
I saw a Abu Dhabi police air wing helicopter yesterday morning doing circles around Maqta bridge but it did not fail to stop the drivers that were zigzagging or using the emergency lanes on the sides. Adding the fines to their end of the year registration does not help until they are stopped on the road and handed the fines with stern warning. It will help deter future offenders as well as teach a lesson to the offenders as well.
yeah, I saw them too, in the chopper. Didnt know why but what is the point??? What is the point of filming instead of preventing?
Just like Dubai....motorists RARELY RARELY RARELY use indicators (worse in Abu Dhabi) while they swerve all over the road and risk lives of people that are trying to drive safely to preserve their own and there are almost never authorities around to stop accidents from happening. They come after the accident has happened. I was driving from Abu Dhabi yesterday for Dubai and, just like I remember from my years of driving back and forth each day, the same morons are on the road and swerving back and forth 5 inches away from my back bumper like a petulant child needing to race ahead to get nowhere fast. When they do, they weave in and out of traffic at 180kph. These are the guys that are never caught and the ones that cause most of the fatal accidents.