By Staff writer
Move comes after figures show 11 people killed in first 5 months of 2015
The UAE is to clampdown on drivers tailgating, with special new cameras to become operational from July 1, The National reported.
According to the paper, motorists will have to keep at least five metres distance from the vehicle ahead of them while driving at 80km/h or more. The paper cited Major General Mohammed Al Zafeen, assistant commander general for Dubai Police, saying motorists would be penalised if found to be tailgating.
Last week Dubai Police said that 11 people had died in accidents caused by tailgating during the first five months of this year. The National added at police issued nearly AED8m in fines and 80,000 black points to motorists during this period.
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In the UK many roads have chevrons painted on the road surface to indicate the safe distance each driver needs to keep between them and the car in front. The signs say keep 2 chevrons apart and it is amazing really how far apart you actually need to be in order to accommodate braking at high speed. I am sure most of the UAE drivers have no idea of the distance they need to come to a stop in the event of an accident ahead so these chevrons on the roads would be a real eye opener for many drivers. I hope that the UAE can adopt this system as it is cheap and very effective.
5 meters at 80 km/h? Don't even bother... This is as useless as being 1 metre behind!!!
Do i need to point you the obvious differences in attitude between UK and UAE drivers?
We can see tailgating on the Al Khail road during morning office rush almost on a daily basis where it is not so easy to change lanes to let someone pass. It is mostly big SUVs. The cameras are long overdue !!
The problem here is selfish drivers that do not respect the right of others. No amount of education or regulation will cure that. Unfortunately, hefty fines is the most effective method. As to chevrons, has anyone really seen how respectful motorists in Dubai are of marked pedestrian crossings? Only time and evolution will solve the driving issue in Dubai.
Quick rule to be confident of avoiding a collision on a dry road is two seconds' gap which, at 80km/hr, is about 40m - or 8 times what they are suggesting.
How can we report tailgaters......they suddenly appear from no ware and start to dipper you even when the roads are congested. What is the way to report it to the police or the authorities??? Any soft and easy way???
Where i am not convicted of reporting......