New radars, speed limit system: 5 UAE traffic schemes launched to monitor drivers, violations this year

Authorities have unveiled novel smart systems, fines to ensure safety on security on roads

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Published: Tue 23 May 2023, 5:11 PM

Last updated: Sat 24 Jun 2023, 8:01 AM

Authorities in the UAE have introduced several new traffic systems in order to prevent accidents and increase safety for both motorists and pedestrians.

There are also new fines being applied for violations that endanger safety and security on the road.


Here are some of the most recent fines and systems introduced in the country:

1. New road alert system in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Police have launched a road alert system across highways in the UAE Capital. The radar-like devices have been installed along the highways to alert drivers of traffic incidents or weather conditions.


Different colours flash on the system to alert drivers; here is what they mean:

- Red and blue: Alerts drivers of a traffic accident ahead.

- Yellow: Warning about adverse weather conditions like fog, dust or rain.

2. Smart speed limit signs near schools, residential areas in Sharjah

The Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority has installed smart speed limit signs in school zones, residential areas, and pedestrian crossings. The interactive signs are powered by a smart speed detection system. At the top of the signs is the speed limit of the road. It captures the speed of vehicles passing by in real-time. If the vehicle is within the limit, the sign displays in green the actual speed, along with a smiling emoji. If not, the speed is shown in red with a sad emoji, alerting the driver to slow down.

Speed limits in school zones vary from 30 to 40kmph in the UAE, with fines ranging between Dh300 to Dh3,000, depending on how fast the motorist goes over the limit. In residential areas, the limits vary between 25 to 40kmph.

3. New radars to monitor pedestrian crossings in Umm Al Quwain

The Umm Al Quwain Police introduced new solar-powered, automatically controlled radars to monitor and catch motorists who do not stop at pedestrian crossings on April 3 this year.

Police said that the radars have been activated to reduce the number of run-over accidents and subsequent losses of life and property caused by some motorists who fail to stop at pedestrian crossings.

As per traffic regulations, motorists will be fined Dh500 and awarded six black points for not giving way to pedestrians.

4. Integrated traffic systems with other GCC countries

In February, authorities announced projects that independently connect the traffic system of the UAE with Bahrain and Qatar. This new integrated system enables the exchange of information on traffic violations committed by drivers.

5. Smart gates in RAK

Authorities in Ras Al Khaimah have begun installing smart gates on main roads across the emirate, it was announced on June 18. Twenty gates, which are powered by artificial intelligence, are linked to the police operations room, and will help the police respond to accidents and emergencies faster.

Smart cameras will monitor traffic and detect crashes, while overhead screens will alert motorists about weather conditions or accidents up ahead.

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