The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have introduced several new traffic systems to prevent accidents and improve safety of the motorists and pedestrians alike.
Under these new traffic systems, the violations that endanger safety and security on the road will invite new fines.
Here are some of the most recent fines and systems introduced in the country:
- New road alert system in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Police have launched a new 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 under this new ; 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
- 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.
- 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 some motorists cause and 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.
- 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.