Read­ers re­act to police plan to raise speed limit but re­move buf­fer

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS -

“Peo­ple wont drive at 140 any­way if the limit is 120 or 130 strict and they get a 600AED fine ev­ery 2km for 100km trip each way. Even the wealthy…..


The higher the speed, the more dan­ger­ous it is, sim­ple physics laws dic­tate that. So speed lim­its should be as low as pos­si­ble, prefer­ably 100 kph on high­ways.”


“Cutting speed lim­its is never the an­swer. The prob­lem lies with sig­nif­i­cantly slower driv­ers next to the outer lane who make it so dif­fi­cult to keep a reg­u­lar speed. An­cient pick­ups and crawlers sit in it res­o­lutely driv­ing at 80kph caus­ing oth­ers to have to weave in and out. The first two lanes, on the other hand, are gen­er­ally empty. This means cars of­ten over­take to the right caus­ing yet more danger. Driver train­ing here and per­haps in Asia seems to ne­glect per­suad­ing driv­ers to keep right when driv­ing at a lower speed - this is the big­gest prob­lem. Low­er­ing the speed limit will sim­ply cause more frus­tra­tion and there­fore ac­ci­dents.”


“I dis­agree with this pro­posal, as a ev­ery­day driver, flex­i­bil­ity is re­quired.”


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