Dubai police to install new radars to catch hard shoulder offenders

Violators will face a Dhs 600 fine and have their vehicle impounded for a month



Dubai Police will soon install 20 new radars across the city to monitor hard shoulder violations.

The new devices – designed by the police – are equipped with high-resolution cameras and sound detectors and are “highly accurate”, said Dubai Police commander-in-chief Major General Khamis Mattar Al Muzainah.

The radar’s first prototype was installed on Emirates Road and successfully recorded several violations in two hours, a statement said.

Al Muzainah said drivers committing hard shoulder offences will face a fine of Dhs 600 and have their vehicles impounded for 30 days. They will also have six black points added to their traffic record.

He added that the police are keen to “diversify the methods of monitoring the roads in the emirate to detect violations and save lives.”

Traffic accidents killed 64 people during the first four months of this year – up 30 per cent compared to the same period last year, it was reported earlier this month.

Dubai’s traffic police chief Colonel Saif Al Mazroui told Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm that drivers’ negligence on the roads and increased illegal pedestrian crossings were to blame for the rise in fatalities.