This post was originally published on 25 August 2015 and the content may be outdated.
It is a very common sight on Qatar roads that motorists try to deceive radars by decelerating the speed just a few metres ahead while approaching a radar and accelerate immediately after they cross it.
If you are one of those drivers, it is time to end such practices as smart radars are here to catch you.
What is ‘smart’ about these radars?
The new radars, called “snipers” have the ability to record a vehicle’s speed from a distance of 700 metres.
These radars will record the speed of a passing vehicle along with the time, and measure the time required for it to reach the next radar if it moves within the speed limit.
If the vehicle reaches the next radar in less than the stipulated time, the radars will detect this through electronic exchange of information.
The new radars can also detect if a vehicle is moving at a very low speed on a highway, which is considered a violation of traffic rules similar to speeding.
According to a report on The Peninsula, these high quality smart radars are being installed along the entire stretch of the newly opened F-Ring Road.
The Traffic Department, in collaboration with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), has already installed such high quality speed recording radars along several major roads across the country, including Corniche Road, Ras Abu Abboud Expressway, Doha Expressway and other roads, says the report.