By Staff writer
New pilot scheme sees parts of highways in Dubai painted red to highlight reduction in speed limits
Dubai's transport authority has started colouring parts of roads red in the city to highlight speed limits in a bid to improve road safety.
According to state news agency WAM, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has painted highways such as Oud Metha Street near Bu Kadrah Interchange along the extension of Dubai-Al Ain Street, where the maximum speed limit has been reduced from 100 to 80 kilometres per hour.
Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: "The experiment was carried out. The process involved colouring all lanes in an eye-catching style to alert road users of the new speed limit.
"Asphalt colouring will also be used in phases at locations subject to speed changes on other vital roads in Dubai. Therefore, we expect motorists to get used to this for their own safety and avoid offences and accidents resulting from speeding."
The red painting will next be implemented on Sheikh Zayed Road near the fifth interchange where the speed limit has been reduced from 120 kph to 100 kph. It will also be applied to the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road near Lehbab, where the speed limit has also been reduced from 120 kph to 100 kph.
She said the experiment will be evaluated to verify its impact on drivers’ attitudes. It is expected that the procedure will significantly increase compliance with specified speeds and avoid potential accidents," Adai added.
Traffic fatalities have fallen from 332 in 2006 to 166 in 2015, and mortality rates went down from 21.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2006 to 3.5 per 100,000 people in 2016, WAM said.
Regarding the new road safety measure, Adai said: "We anticipate that this course of action will contribute to lowering the number of future accidents."For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
It is an excellent security alert to motorists and will help drivers to feel their speed with their eyes.
Why not to make different colours to different authorised speeds therefore it will catch more the eye and by the same road security.
So by being on such colour we will be more involved to drive at some speed.
Looks natural and could become automatic to drivers.
A scheme of colours should be created whereas I believe Blue would be the lower speed and Black the higher speed.
Excellent idea RTA.
The color red stands for aggression, which supposedly is the opposite of what they are trying to achieve. Colours work on subconscious level and red is a fiery colour that disturbs the nervous system if applied in large portions. Apparently nobody thinks about that.