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Dubai Police starts testing 'point to point' speed traps

New radars will capture average speed of drivers between two set points, and will be implemented on roads that are prone to high-speed crashes

Dubai Police starts testing 'point to point' speed traps
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Dubai Police will monitor motorists who accelerate between two speed cameras on road stretches that are prone to high-speed crashes.

The “point-to-point control”, a new speed enforcement technique, will measure the average speed of a vehicle when it enters and leaves an enforcement section, Gulf News reported Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director, Dubai Traffic Police, as saying.

The police are already testing the technique on the Dubai-Hatta Road.

“This enforcement solution has been proven to be very effective. It has been noticed around the world that average speed enforcement improves driver behaviour, which noticeably reduces traffic deaths and serious injuries,” Al Mazroui said.

The newspaper did not report when the cameras will come into operation.

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H.T 3 years ago

Point to Point is not "a new enforcement technique".
Kuwait trialled it 3 years back but it was discontinued because drivers successfully disputed (in court) their calculated speed by saying there was no proof that the calculation was accurate without a video to back it up.
The courts accepted this argument and the MoI killed it.

Victory Red 3 years ago

Am not convinced that the police can rely solely on static cameras (of whatever description or technology). The basic quality of driving is very questionable and with the epidemic of people seemingly pushing into queues of static traffic from 3 lanes away is the real problem.

There is little visible police presence on the roads or monitoring of traffic hotspots.

There needs to be huge investments in expanding road capacity - this needs to focus on getting the arterial roads (e.g. between SZR & SMBZR) wider so they can take more traffic during the peak periods.

Commuting is becoming miserable for many and until road capacity is increased, the police have a key role to play here.

Mick 3 years ago

agreed that the police need to have a wider presence on major roads. Maybe even ghost cars. We need to start fining dangerous drivers and getting them off the roads. Planted cameras won't do all of the work and won't get the majority of dangerous drivers. It's not just speed. There is a massive massive issue with indicator use. I would say that 85% or more motorists in the UAE don't use their indicators as they glide from lane to lane. If the UAE actually fined motorists that didn't use indicators (I can only assume that it isn't illegal at this point) they could build a thousand Dubai Parks with that revenue.

Fentoni 3 years ago

I don't understand the defence of no video proof. If you capture the vehicles position and time on camera A then again on camera B then you can only question whether the camera's internal clocks are accurate. If the court accepts the police's 'camera specialist' as stating the clocks are accurate and the pictures on camera A & B have recorded the vehicles identity & time then it's case closed! The UK have successfully prosecuted speeding offences using average speed cameras for years.

Backofthequeue 3 years ago

Agree. Speed and quality of driving are two exclusive factors. An accident will still happen whether the speed is 80kph or 140kph if the quality of driving is low. Reducing speed will not stop accidents. It is the driver's ability and awareness that needs to be improved through more stringent testing before issuing a license. The police cannot be expected to catch every wrong doer and even their quality of driving is poor without proper use of indicators. Their bad example sets a precedent for the rest.

Fentoni 3 years ago

Hi Backofthequeue, Excessive speed is the 'low hanging fruit' of accident prevention. It's a factor in a significant number of accidents, the offence is subjective, i.e you were either going to fast or you were not and technology to catch offenders is readily available. Higher speeds almost always result in greater injuries and the chance of fatalities. On your last point, study after study has shown that reducing speed has conclusively demonstrated a reduction in accidents.