Re­duced speed lim­its in the in­ter­est of all

Mo­torists should wel­come the move on two Dubai roads as it will help en­sure greater safety on th­ese high­ways

Gulf News - - Opinion -

The max­i­mum speed limit re­vi­sion for Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road and Emi­rates (By­pass) Road from 120kmph to 110kmph from Oc­to­ber 15 is a good move. Mo­torists should wel­come this as an­other mea­sure that aids their safety, given the spate of ac­ci­dents on th­ese two high­ways over the last cou­ple of years. Ac­cord­ing to Dubai Po­lice, 60 per cent of th­ese ac­ci­dents have been due to speed­ing. This year alone, 99 ac­ci­dents oc­curred on Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road, lead­ing to six fa­tal­i­ties and 78 peo­ple be­ing in­jured, while last year saw 196 ac­ci­dents that led to 33 deaths. Emi­rates Road too has had its share of ac­ci­dents — 40 so far this year with 10 fa­tal­i­ties.

Clearly, such num­bers call for in­ter­ven­tion and the author­i­ties have re­sponded in the right way. There­fore, it be­hoves the pub­lic to view the re­vi­sion in the max­i­mum speed limit as a re­minder to re­think their driv­ing styles on high­ways that are nec­es­sar­ily built for huge traf­fic vol­umes. For in­stance, Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road can han­dle 12,000 ve­hi­cles per hour and Emi­rates Road has 6,442 ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling per hour to­wards Abu Dhabi. By any mea­sure, th­ese are big num­bers at­test­ing to the scale and scope of the high­ways and which ask mo­torists to use com­mon sense, re­straint and dis­ci­pline when be­hind the wheel. But sadly, the fa­tal­ity count over the years re­veals that for many of them, th­ese in­dis­pens­able virtues were en­tirely dis­pens­able.

Now, mo­torists will hope­fully come to the re­al­i­sa­tion that in the ab­sence of re­spon­si­ble driv­ing by some of their ilk, the author­i­ties were forced to re­duce the speed limit in the in­ter­est of pub­lic safety. That can only be a good thing.

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