Speeding takes a heavy toll on capital's roads

ABU DHABI — Speeding has taken its toll in Abu Dhabi with 51 lives lost and injuries to 17,737 in 117 accidents last year, forcing the police to launch a campaign against the practice by motorists.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 20 Jul 2008, 1:27 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:13 PM

Col. Hamad Adel Al Shamsi, Director of the Department of Traffic and Patrols of Abu Dhabi Police, told a Press conference on Thursday that 612,271 violations were registered against drivers for breaking speed limits.

However, the incidents of breaking the speed limits have declined during the period between from March 1 to June 30 this year after the amended traffic law came into effect to 60,271 from 232,633 in the same period last year.

He said efforts are on to reduce the number of accidents due to speeding in the emirate.

A committee is studying the location of the signboards displaying the speed limits on the roads.

Col. Al Shamsi said the Abu Dhabi Municipality would build 12 pedestrian overbridges this year on the new Corniche and Al Raha beach, Al Semaha, Al Shahama, Bani Yas, Musafah and Moroor roads. By next year, another 12 bridges would be built. Their locations would be decided later.

Lt.-Col. Ahmed Al Shehhi, Director of Traffic Department in the capital, called upon the private sector companies, which have large fleet of vehicles to transport workers, to create traffic awareness among their drivers.

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