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Speed limit dropped in Sheikh Zayed Road and Emirates Road

14 September 2017

The RTA and General Headquarters of Dubai Police have decided to reduce the speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road from 120kph to 110kph.

As per the statement, the decision will get effective on 15th October 2017, as part of efforts by two parties to stop incidents of traffic accidents and ensure safety of road users.

The CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA, Maitha bin Adai, said that lowering the speed limits on Sheikh Mohammed bin  Zayed and Emirates Roads is the result of wide spread safety measures taken, after studying various accident data and their causes over the past years. It also addresses various other traffic requirements such as pedestrian bridges, safety rails, and truck laid by the area, which contributed realising the vision of RTA.

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The current capacity of the roads is about 12,000 vehicles per hour along Sheikh Zayed Road, in the direction of Abu Dhabi, where trucks account for 6 percent of the vehicles.

The decision aims to curb traffic accidents, otherwise caused due to over-speeding, particularly due to huge volumes of heavy vehicle traffic in either direction. Controlling speed limit is an effective measure for reducing traffic accidents. This procedure of controlling the speed is based on various criteria highlighted by design speed of the road and actual speed observed by majority of drivers. It also depends on the extent of urbanisation on roadsides, pedestrian traffic, availability of schools and mosques and other vital facilities. It also depends on level of traffic accidents that took place on the road, traffic volume etc.

According to Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saif Al Zaffein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, the objective of reducing the speed limits on Sheikh Zayed Road and Emirates Road is the result of extensive studies done by the Dubai Police and RTA for raising the traffic safety levels and is associated traffic accidents. The move is compatible with Dubai Police Strategy aimed at reducing traffic accidents to zero percent per 100 of the population.

During first half of the year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road witnessed 99 accidents, with six fatalities and 78 injuries. Last year the road witnessed 196 accidents resulting in 33 deaths and 24 injuries. Emirates Road saw 40 accidents during first half of the year, with 10 fatalities and 75 injuries, and 86 accidents last year with 2 deaths and 147 injuries, he pointed out.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries