Speeding offences on rise in capital

ABU DHABI — Traffic violations in Abu Dhabi are on the rise, with around 20,000 offences registered in just one week, traffic police reported yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 25 Nov 2005, 11:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

A statement issued by the Traffic and Patrols Department at the General Directorate of Police Operations of Abu Dhabi Police warned that traffic violations are alarmingly increasing, mainly speeding.

"Traffic violations are alarmingly increasing especially speeding and exceeding speed limits on internal streets of Abu Dhabi city and its outskirts. This has been noted after the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr holidays," the statement said.

Col Ghaith Al Zaabi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department, said the number of violations registered last week alone — from November 12 to 18 — totalled 20,000.

Offenders were spotted by radars and surveillance cameras placed at junctions and traffic signals, in addition to traffic patrols who are deployed round-the-clock alongside the roads.

He said speeding violations topped the list with 16,620 offences. Out of these, 2,024 were caught driving at double speed the speed limit. "This increases the risk of tragic accidents caused by reckless drivers, which not only puts their lives at risk, but also those of other road users and pedestrians," Col. Zaabi noted.

He said that his department would come up with more stringent measures to deal with offenders who never learn lessons. "We will intensify monitoring on the road to check on uncivilised behaviour," he warned.

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