Dubai drivers rack up AED324m in fines in Q1

Exceeding speed limit by 40kph among top driving offences, RTA data shows
Dubai drivers rack up AED324m in fines in Q1
The UAE has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world
By Elizabeth Broomhall
Tue 26 Jul 2011 01:08 PM

Dubai motorists notched up an additional AED72m in driving
fines in the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2009,
the city’s Roads and Transport Authority said.

Law breakers in the emirate were hit with AED324m in fines for
motoring offences committed around the UAE, compared with AED252m in the same
quarter last year.

The most common offences among drivers included exceeding
the speed limit by up to 40kph, and disturbing traffic flow, said Ahmed
Bahrozyan, CEO of licensing at the RTA.

Dubai’s police chief Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim last
week said the emirate’s traffic police aimed to cut fatalities on the roads
from 70 per 100,000 people, to zero in the next nine years.

The emirate has installed 27 new speed cameras in the
emirate, bringing the total number of monitors to 309, in a bid to cut traffic
accidents.

Speeding is responsible for 80 percent of road accidents in
Dubai, government data shows.

The RTA said this week it is eyeing a nationwide law to
clamp down on new motorists by restricting the type of car they can drive and
the situations they are allowed to drive in.

Bahrozyan said a restricted licence, such as that seen in
Canada, New Zealand and Australia could help tackle the high rate of road
traffic accidents seen in the UAE.

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