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Police ‘report 44,526 speeding offences’ during UAE storms

Dubai Police issued three times daily average of speeding fines over March 8-10

Police ‘report 44,526 speeding offences’ during UAE storms

More than 15,000 speeding tickets were issued on each day of the storms that racked the UAE two weeks ago, Dubai Police has announced.

The country suffered heavy rainfall over March 8-10 – recorded as the wettest days of the year so far.

Traffic was brought to a standstill as roads became flooded and cars and buildings were damaged in strong winds and rain.

Yet, according to 7Days, Dubai Police recorded a total of 44, 526 speeding offences over the three days.

This is three times the daily average and a “worrying number of tickets”, said Jamal Al Bannai, deputy director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police.

“This number shows there were 14,842 speeding tickets per day recorded by radars – it’s a worrying number,” he was quoted as saying, adding that Dubai Police records 5,524 speeding tickets per day on average.

“It’s because of reckless drivers wanting to catch up the time they spent in traffic jams in some areas because of the rainy weather,” Al Bannai added.

“We noticed that some motorists drive recklessly in such weather to get to work and push on the accelerator when they finish the traffic and hit empty roads.

“It’s very dangerous for other road users. People want to reach their jobs despite many companies and institutions excusing if employees were late because of the weather.”

However, he also said that more drivers were being caught at present because of an increase in speed cameras on the roads, the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology urged drivers to reduce speed and leave enough distance between as strong north easterly winds are expected to blow up dust this week.

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