16 more cameras to detect red-light jumping in Abu Dhabi

16 more cameras to detect red-light jumping in Abu Dhabi

150 traffic light-controlled junctions will be fitted with surveillance cameras in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region within the next five years.



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Published: Mon 13 Apr 2015, 1:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:20 PM

Abu Dhabi — The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police will activate 16 additional surveillance cameras to detect red-light violations on five intersections in Zayed City in the Western Region from tomorrow.

The new system complements the traffic control systems that were previously installed on the Abu Dhabi Island to detect traffic violations, notably jumping red lights and exceeding speed limits.

The new system is in line with the integrated project to improve traffic safety at intersections in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which was initiated by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate in 2012. As a part of the project, 150 traffic light-controlled junctions will be fitted with surveillance cameras in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region within the next five years.

Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, said: “Traffic violations logged by surveillance systems at intersections in the Western Region include red light violations, failure to respect lane rules, stopping vehicles on pedestrian crossings, failure to adhere to speed limits, overtaking at intersections, making turns or U-turns from the wrong lanes, and failure to give priority to pedestrians.”

Brigadier Al Harithi said that traffic monitoring is one of the key traffic safety improvement projects on the roads and intersections of Abu Dhabi. “It is an integrated project encompassing the necessary components to improve traffic safety, allowing continuous assessment of the engineering of intersections and their impact on traffic safety.”

He also explained that the high-tech traffic surveillance cameras used at intersections in the Western Region are high quality thermal infrared cameras covering more than five lanes in each direction. They are also multifunctional, and include infrared number plate readers. They are used to determine the numbers and types of vehicles, estimate the average speed, and determine the number and directions of pedestrians during the green and red lights.”

Al Harithi stressed the commitment of the Abu Dhabi Police to curb traffic accidents resulting in deaths and serious injuries. He said: “The directorate is exerting considerable efforts to curb road accidents by increasing traffic control and installing state-of–the-art automated traffic violation monitoring systems on the internal and external roads of Abu Dhabi. The directorate is also working to intensify traffic awareness through media in order to boost communication with all segments of society. It also urges all road users to adhere to the traffic laws and regulations.”

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