Speedsters find way to escape radars and cameras

No matter which technology acquire to curb traffic violations, law-breakers have always found ways to duck the radars on the streets of Al Ain, courtesy some unscrupulous traders.

By Lana Mahdi (KT Exclusive)

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Published: Sun 12 Jul 2009, 1:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:56 PM

A number of motorists in Al Ain are armed with a technology which allows them to get voice or text alerts on the presence of radars ahead. However, the illegal program can be uploaded only on certain mobile phones.

Apart from the radars, the program allows motorists to detect traffic signals that have cameras fitted alongside. Several mobile shops in the Al Ain city are selling the program for Dh1,000 to Dh2,000.

A 20-year-old Al Ain-based driver, who requested anonymity, told Khaleej Times that he used this system to avoid paying traffic fines and to stay away from black points.

Driving dangerously or racing draws a fine of Dh2,000, 12 black points and seizure of the vehicle for 30 days.

The same fine and penalty applies to those caught driving recklessly.

Another Al Ain-based driver said that the high traffic fines for minor violations prompted him to buy the system. Khaleej Times contacted some shops selling the system, but no one came on record to talk about the system.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Captain Khamis Al Kaaby from Al Ain Traffic Police (AATP), said that the illegal methods to detect radars encouraged motorists to break the traffic laws and to drive recklessly.

He said that though the radar detectors enabled motorists to avoid fixed radars on highways, the system was useless against the mobile radars.

“The Engineering Traffic Department of the AATP is planning to set more mobile radars on the Al Ain-Dubai Road as well as Al Ain-Abu Dhabi Highway,” he said.

Captain Al Kaaby said that it is dangerous and unsafe to exceed the speed limit and to reduce it abruptly when reaching radars as these could lead to serious accidents.

lana@khaleejtimes.com



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