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Sensors introduced to monitor traffic violations in Dubai

Sensors identify the yellow line hard shoulder markings on roads and can detect when a car crosses them

Sensors introduced to monitor traffic violations in Dubai
Cars drive on a highway in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

Dubai Police has installed sensors on roads to record hard shoulder violations.

The sensors identify the yellow lines marking road shoulders and can detect when a car crosses them.

Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the General Department of Traffic of the Dubai Police, reportedly told the Khaleej Times that the radar proved “very efficient” during its testing phase.

He said overtaking from hard shoulders increases the likelihood of traffic accidents, particularly on busy roads such as the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirate Road.

The radar, he said, is battery-powered and has a high resolution camera to record offenses. It was wholly designed by the Dubai Police traffic department “as those purchased from abroad may not suit the climatic conditions of the emirate”, the newspaper wrote.

“[Dubai Police chiefs] are very keen to diversify the methods of monitoring the roads in the emirate to detect violations and save lives”, Al Mazroui reportedly added.

Last autumn statistics released by the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), showed traffic accidents in the UAE had fallen by 10.7 percent during the first eight months of the year, but officials are continuing to work to drive down numbers.

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