This post was originally published on 1 November 2016.
Dubai Traffic Police will soon update their radars to detect motorists who speed between the radars, by calculating the average speed between two speed cameras.
According to Gulf News, the system measures the average speed of a vehicle over a section of road.
The vehicle is identified when entering the enforcement section and again when leaving it. The average speed can be calculated based on the time interval between these two points.
Average speed control also called “section control” or “point-to-point control” is a relatively new speed enforcement technique.
The new system has been trying it out on the Dubai-Hatta Road, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Dubai Traffic Police said.
He said the system will be used to monitor high-risk stretches of roads where speed-related accidents are a cause of deaths or serious injuries.
“This enforcement solution has been proven to be very effective. It has been noticed around the world that average speed enforcement improves driver behaviour, which noticeably reduces traffic deaths and serious injuries,” Brig Al Mazroui said,
“As the vehicle’s speed is monitored throughout, speeding between cameras will no longer be an issue, which will ensure smoother traffic flow,” he noted.
However, it is unclear when exactly the cameras will be in operation. Last year, Qatar had introduced similar cameras that calculate the speed between two speed cameras.