ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Saturday, January 31st 2015 [ME NewsWire]
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police seized 4775 vehicles last year for driving at dangerous speeds, exceeding 200 Km/h, posing a tremendous risk to other drivers and road users.
Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, warned drivers against reckless driving. He pointed that all the legal necessary actions were taken against drivers for driving dangerously which causes horrifying traffic accidents that often lead to fatalities and serious injuries.
He called upon drivers to adhere to designated speed limits, which were set after thoroughly studying the traffic flows.
Al Harithi explained that the locations of speed radars and cameras in Abu Dhabi, has been pre announced. Drivers were warned to comply and reduce speeds for their safety and the safety of other road users.
“The higher the speed is, the less time there is to stop - which makes it more difficult to avoid traffic accident,” he said. “It is imperative that motorists respect the legal speed limits in order to avoid traffic accidents that may lead to fatalities and serious injuries.”
He said: “vehicles will be impounded for a month, and the driving license will get 12 black points and a fine of 1000 Dirhams. These penalties will be implied on drivers exceeding the speed limits by 60 Km/h. Drivers will be prosecuted in case of repeating the offense.”
He reiterated the keenness of the Abu Dhabi Police to elevate the level of the traffic awareness among drivers in both public and private sectors, and to emphasize the importance of adhering to designated speed limits, as well as to intensify traffic control through patrols and speed radars.
Brigadier Al Harithi also indicated that a total of 10,000 drivers from public and private sectors have benefited from the 169 awareness programs and lectures during the past year. “These programs and lectures aim to enhance the levels of adherence to fixed speeds limits that have been designated on the signage alongside roads,” he said
Brigadier Al Harithi reiterated his appeal to the various segments of the community to further enhance their efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting the culture of safe driving and to abide by speed limits in a bid to prevent traffic accidents that are caused by speeding.
Over speeding accidents and fines form 16% and 79% respectively of the total number recorded last year
Accidents resulting from over speeding were the largest segment of total accidents recorded last year by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police. The formed 16% of total accident causes.
Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate revealed that the percentage of traffic fines related to over speeding rose as well during the same period. He added that they formed 79% of the total number of issued fines.
Brigadier Al Harithi noted that over speeding is a negative behavior committed by some drivers who don’t adhere to traffic rules. He continued that over speeding puts the lives of drivers and others at risk, and is considered as a major factor for accidents that lead to fatalities and serious injuries. He called upon drivers to adhere to traffic rules that were set to ensure their safety.
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