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4,775 vehicles driving over 200kmph in Abu Dhabi

Drivers will be prosecuted in case of repeating the offense. (Supplied)

By Staff

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police seized 4775 vehicles last year for driving at dangerous speeds, exceeding 200kmph, posing a tremendous risk to other drivers and road users.

Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, warned drivers against reckless driving.

He pointed that all the legal necessary actions were taken against drivers for driving dangerously which causes horrifying traffic accidents that often lead to fatalities and serious injuries.

He called upon drivers to adhere to designated speed limits, which were set after thoroughly studying the traffic flows.

Al Harithi explained that the locations of speed radars and cameras in Abu Dhabi, has been pre-announced. Drivers were warned to comply and reduce speeds for their safety and the safety of other road users. 

“The higher the speed is, the less time there is to stop - which makes it more difficult to avoid traffic accident,” he said.

“It is imperative that motorists respect the legal speed limits in order to avoid traffic accidents that may lead to fatalities and serious injuries.”

He said: “Vehicles will be impounded for a month, and the driving license will get 12 black points and a fine of Dh1,000.

“These penalties will be implied on drivers exceeding the speed limits by 60kmph. Drivers will be prosecuted in case of repeating the offense.”

He reiterated the keenness of the Abu Dhabi Police to elevate the level of the traffic awareness among drivers in both public and private sectors, and to emphasize the importance of adhering to designated speed limits, as well as to intensify traffic control through patrols and speed radars.

Brigadier Al Harithi also indicated that a total of 10,000 drivers from public and private sectors have benefited from the 169 awareness programmes and lectures during the past year.

“These programmes and lectures aim to enhance the levels of adherence to fixed speeds limits that have been designated on the signage alongside roads,” he said.

Brigadier Al Harithi reiterated his appeal to the various segments of the community to further enhance their efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting the culture of safe driving and to abide by speed limits in a bid to prevent traffic accidents that are caused by speeding.

Accidents resulting from over speeding were the largest segment of total accidents recorded last year by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police. The formed 16 per cent of total accident causes.

Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate revealed that the percentage of traffic fines related to over speeding rose as well during the same period.