Jumeirah Road Safety Project Saves Lives

DUBAI — No deaths have occurred in accidents on the 19km Jumeirah Road since 2006-2007 when a major safety and traffic project began to be implemented by the General Department of Traffic of Dubai Police.

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Published: Fri 10 Jul 2009, 12:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:55 PM

Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Director General of Traffic, said on Wednesday that it has become hugely successful as it helped reduce the number of accidents and allowed the police to deploy patrols to other areas of the emirate. The police also managed to collect more than Dh95 million in fines from erring motorists last year.

The project, which began in September 2006, included providing zebra crossings to prevent hit-and-run accidents, installation of radars and cameras to monitor motorists, building humps to slow down vehicles at crucial spots and strict enforcement of the reduced speed limit.

Altogether 14 radars, each at a distance of 1.5km, and 36 cameras were installed to monitor the motorists who jump the red signal. Fences were erected in the median and the speed limit fixed at 70km on the road stretch.

Al Zafin said in 2003, 39 accidents took place on this road, resulting in the death of six persons and injuries to 40 others. While three persons died in 49 accidents in 2004, 65 mishaps occurred in 2005, claiming three lives and injuring 42 others.

The Jumeirah traffic organisation project began to be implemented in September 2006, with the Dubai Police allocating Dh10 million for 50 new radars and cameras alone.

Al Zafin said it was one of the vital projects implemented to ensure smooth traffic flow and road safety.

By this, the police managed to collect Dh95.807 million in fines — with fines for violations recorded by the radars alone amounting to Dh159,679. The department is studying the feasibility of implementing projects on the same line on other roads like Abu Hail, Al Wasl, Al Barsha and Hatta and some roads in Al Rashidya.

amira@khaleejtimes.com



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