With 738 speeding violations caught on the Ras Al Khaimah ring road in only four months, the emirate's police have decided to install 15 new radars to clamp down on fatal accidents and ensure the safety of motorists.
All violations that were registered on the major road were related to speeding, Brigadier Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, director general of the central operations room of the RAK police, said.
"A 21-year-old Emirati man was killed on this road last year after his speeding car rammed into a concrete barrier. He was declared dead on the spot," Al Humaidi said. added. "We found that young drivers often ignore traffic rules and regulations. They also exceed the 120kmph speed limit despite receiving multiple warnings," he added.
The new radars will be installed along the 30km ring road by the end of this month, he disclosed. "The speed cameras are mainly meant to ensure road users' safety." The new radars are expected to curb the gruesome accidents and casualties on the key road, he hoped.
The RAK ring road is one of the arterial roads of the emirate. It is used by both RAK residents and motorists from other emirates. The RAK police has deployed five mobile radars along the road since its inception in July 2018. Multiple signs are affixed along the key road to inform motorists of the speed limit and the radars, Brig Humaidi pointed out. "The maximum speed limit on these roads is 80kmph with a 20kmph buffer. Radars will flash at 101kmph," he added.
Speeding has been reportedly blamed for so many accidents along the RAK ring road and on other roads around the emirate, Col Al Naqbi pointed out.
"Majority of the motorists involved in speeding violations are youngsters and unlicensed drivers," he said. "Their irresponsible parents allow them to drive their vehicles."
Recently, a reckless driver was caught speeding at 133kmph on Corniche Al Qawasim road. The speed limit for the road is only 50kmph.
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