Sharjah to link traffic lights to one main point

SHARJAH - Traffic lights in Sharjah will be linked with one main system as part of a new plan launched by the Traffic Lights and Radar Unit of the Sharjah Municipality.

By Tarek S. Fleihan

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Published: Thu 3 Jun 2004, 9:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:51 PM

According to Ahmed Mustafa Sharif, head of the unit, a study, currently being conducted by the unit, indicated that the step would upgrade the traffic light system in Sharjah and would ease the flow of traffic as ground sensors will be used tor determine the number of cars at each interchange.

He pointed out that there were about 20 traffic lights in Sharjah city, with the Abu Shaghara interchange considered among the busiest since the area is the entrance point for motorists travelling from Dubai to Sharjah.

Commenting on the issue of traffic jams in Sharjah, he pointed out that the Sharjah Town Planing and Survey Department should reconsider the interchanges system in the city. He added that the construction of new routes linking the centre with the fringes of the city would eliminate traffic jams at these interchanges and reduce the number of motorists using these interchanges.

"We have also forwarded a new plan to the higher management on upgrading the existing system and benefiting from the police's capabilities. The plan would also enhance cooperation between the police and government departments," he said.

Shedding light on the plan, Mr Sharif explained that the cameras used by the police to monitor traffic could also be linked with the traffic light system by using the GSM. "This would allow us to monitor whether the traffic lights are properly operating," he noted.

"Accidents and weather conditions could affect the traffic lights system. Traffic lights are exposed to various accidents. When one traffic light breaks, then the entire system at the interchange would stop," Mr Sharif observed.

He added that strong winds and rain storms could also damage the system, noting that the section that includes some specialised personnel and professional technicians who are capable of responding to various problems.

"Being a responsible motorist would contribute to protect the lives of people and ease the flow of traffic. We should handle traffic jams with a team spirit, and the most important thing that I would like to bring to the notice of readers, do not cross red lights cause this could lead to serious consequences such as death," he said.

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