View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Friday, November 14, 2008

Speed Cameras in the Emirates

Much formal discussion is going on about how to reduce the accidents and fatalities on the UAE roads.

Surveys are also being launched asking respondents to comment on the extent to which they think speed cameras have made the UAE roads safer.

My own experience in taxis on the Fujairah to Dubai and Sharjah roads suggest that taxi drivers are keeping their speed down. The problem is that most of the cameras appear to be fixed and any Fujairah taxi driver can point out and slow down in time for passing every speed camera on the journey.

One key to cutting the speed and reducing car accidents on the open roads of the Emirates is to set up more mobile cameras whose positions are constantly changing.

Check out the discussion and surveys at Business 24/7, 11 November 2008 and The National, 9 November 2008.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: “Set up more mobile cameras…”