By Sarah Townsend
Tens of thousands of fines were imposed since beginning of 2015 by using new “vitronic” speed cameras
More than 51,000 traffic violations were recorded in the first 11 months of 2015 using Dubai Police’s new speed monitoring radars, it was announced on Sunday.
Colonel Said Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the general department of traffic at Dubai Police, said in a statement that the department had issued reams of fines for traffic violations since the beginning of the year.
They included 20,780 for jumping red lights; 21,374 for overtaking on the hard shoulder; 6,512 fines for lane violations by heavy vehicles, and 3,009 for drivers disregarding traffic alerts related to, for example, time restrictions for truck movements.
A further 109 fines were issued for not buckling seatbelts, 89 for using mobile phones while driving, 19 for failing to fix a licence plate in the correct position, and two for failing to install a licence plate at all.
Al Mazroui said deployment of the new “vitronic” tower radars – which are installed with multiple cameras to measure the speed of all vehicles within a specific zone – had helped reduce speeding accidents in the emirate but he did not disclose comparative figures.
He said the new radars are part of Dubai Police’s strategy to regulate speed on the city’s streets, “as fatalities had been high in previous years”.
The vitronic radar monitor traffic from two travel directions from a single location and can record eight types of traffic violation: speeding; vehicles driving below the speed limit; vehicles not leaving enough distance between vehicles; drivers not wearing a seat belt; drivers using mobile phones; heavy vehicles not abiding by designated lanes; heavy vehicles that are on the road outside their designated timings, and vehicles driving on the hard shoulder.
all GCC needs similar enforcement
I can't believe that only 89 people were caught using their phone while driving. Every third person I see driving is using their phone. I'm sure this is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road coupled with speeding.
Why is it perfectly legal to NOT use an indicator? When making a turn onto a street without notifying the person behind you that you are making a significant slow down to make the turn and, most importantly, to change lanes? People here drift across lanes without indicators because the horrible laziness of having to use that incredibly cumbersome slight touch of the indicator stick. I would say that third to speeding and texting, the most accidents are started by not indicating and gliding across lanes without warning. So, why is it legal to NOT use it? I can only assume since more than 80% of the drivers in UAE don't use signals and I've never seen or heard of anyone fined or pulled over for it. I guarantee you that if you had a look at the fine listings for the year for every single violation, not one would be for not using an indicator while driving.
If I remember correctly, it is illegal to make a lane change without indicating. There was a bit of a thing about it in the papers a couple of years ago.
However.............it has not made any difference at all.