New speed lim­its on key Dubai roads take ef­fect from to­mor­row

De­ci­sion part of ef­forts to curb traf­fic ac­ci­dents on busy high­ways

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The re­duc­tion of the speed lim­its on Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road and the Emi­rates Road from 120km/h to 110km/h will come into force to­mor­row, the Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity (RTA) and Dubai Po­lice have an­nounced.

The de­ci­sion has been taken as part of both the RTA and Dubai Po­lice’s ef­forts to curb traf­fic ac­ci­dents on the busy high­ways and en­hance the safety of road users.

Motorists will now have to keep in mind that as a re­sult of the drop in speed limit, the cam­eras on both high­ways will catch the speed­ing ve­hi­cles at 131km/h in­stead of the cur­rent speed of 141km/h.

Fig­ures from Dubai Po­lice showed that dur­ing the first half of this year, Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road was the scene of 99 ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in six fa­tal­i­ties and 78 in­juries. In 2016, the high­way saw 196 ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in 33 deaths and 249 in­juries. Sim­i­larly, the Emi­rates Road wit­nessed 40 ac­ci­dents dur­ing the first half of this year re­sult­ing in 10 fa­tal­i­ties and 75 in­juries. Last year, the high­way saw 86 ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing 29 deaths and 147 in­juries.

“The ob­jec­tive of re­duc­ing the speed lim­its on Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road and Emi­rates Road is to curb traf­fic ac­ci­dents, es­pe­cially fatal ones...,” said Ma­jor Gen­eral Mo­ham­mad Saif Al Zaf­fein, As­sis­tant Com­man­der-in-Chief of Dubai Po­lice, in an ear­lier in­ter­view.

Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News

Both Dubai high­ways have seen 39 traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties each from the be­gin­ning of last year. At least 60 per cent of the ac­ci­dents are associated with speed­ing, po­lice said.

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