By Andy Sambidge
Dubai traffic chief says patrols to be intensified on major highways in Dubai.
Police in Dubai are increasing the number of patrols in the city in an effort to reduce road crashes, it has been announced.
The Traffic Department will up patrols on all major roads, with an average of one patrol every 1-2km. Police have also installed more than 160 cameras on top of patrol cars and are to double the number of radars to 1,000 by the end of the year.
The announcement came as a Turkish man was killed on Sunday afternoon after being hit by a car on Dubai Bypass Road, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Monday.
Lieutenant Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, deputy director of the traffic department, told the paper that three deaths and five road accidents had been reported during the weekend.
He said the traffic department would intensify patrols on the roads, especially on the roads that report large numbers of run over accidents.
Mazroui said the focus would be on the highways, especially the Dubai-Hatta Road, Al Khawaneej Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road, Al Khail Road and Emirates Road.
This would be good news only if the cops actually DID something about violations committed right in front of their very noses. Sorry to say, but they just stand there and do nothing until something actually goes wrong. I have seen cars speeding, cutting others off, over-taking from the right, changing lanes without indicating, tailgating..... all with police cars on the road, or policemen on the side, watching. So whats the point?
I, no doubt like thousands of other sensible road users, await eagerly to see these patrols. I recall a news paper heading over 1 year ago quoting, I think it was the chief of traffic police saying a survey had shown the majority of road accidents were caused by arrogance of drivers. So just what have the police been doing since then to solve the problem. Their presence is vital. Speed cameras are treated with contempt by the many who clearly do not care about clocking up thousands in fines. Sheikh Zayed Road is a race track for ignoramous's, especially late on a Friday night. Surely I am not the only one to see them and hear them. Is this all news to the traffic authorities. Laws mean nothing unless there is a dedicated effort to see them enforced. I welcome a focus on what is important, to prioritize the key offenses and get these arrogant and menacing drivers off the road.
It's ok patrolling, but you need to actually stop the idiots also. so many drive in the centre lane of SZR when there not even over taking anybody and traveling slower than the rest. People with babys on there knees and talking on there phones. But the worst are the idiots in the outside lane in there 4x4's flashing there lights while siting on the back of your car.