Newly released statistics for 2015 compiled by Sharjah Police, reveal that thousands of motorists had little or no regard for public safety as they sped dangerously through heavy traffic putting lives of other motorists in jeopardy.
Police officials revealed on Sunday that the cameras detected 3,560 speeding violations which reached 180kmph and 658 violations with a speed of 200kmph during a nationwide unified inspection campaign.
Highest speed of 268 kmph
The highest speed recorded on Emirates Road was a vehicle clocked at a mind-bending 268 km per hour. Speeding at such high rates automatically means 12 black points on a driver’s licence.
Police seized a further 8,104 cars for engine modifications that caused noise in residential areas and could have led to fatal accidents, police said.
A number of horrific accidents
Colonel Shawaf Mohammad Abdul Rahman, Director-General of the Traffic and Patrols, said that a number of horrific accidents were recorded in 2015 as a result of speeding with some drivers meeting a fiery end trapped in the gnarled wreckage of their burning vehicles.
Col Abdul Rahman said despite police warnings about the dangers of speeding, drivers repeated the violations and lost their lives.
Advanced technology to detect violations
“The traffic control cameras, which are installed across Sharjah roads, operate with state-of-the-art technology and high efficiency. Any motorist who is driving over the speed limit of the road 60km/h will be fined Dh1,000 and given 12 black points and their vehicles impounded for a period of 30 days,” he said.
Col Abdul Rahman said 57 new cameras were installed at traffic intersections to catch motorists who are speeding and jumping red lights. He called on motorists to improve their behaviour on the road.
Colonel Arif Al Sherif, Deputy of Sharjah Police central operations, said police doubled efforts to reduce accidents by launching a safety campaign in 2015.
Major Abdul Rahman Khatr, Director of Traffic Awareness and Media Section of Sharjah Police, said ‘Give Road its Right” focused on slowing drivers down was part of the 19 awareness campaigns launched in Sharjah with 257,554 brochures distributed to motorists.
Maj Khatr urged families to observe their children and their behaviour on roads and to advise them that high rates of speed can kill.
By the numbers
- Speeding more than 180km/h: 3,560
- Speeding at 200km/h: 658
- Highest speed recorded at Emirates Road/Sharjah: 268km/h
- Vehicles seized for reckless driving, speeding and jumping red light : 8,104
What the Traffic Law says
According to Article No 6 of the Federal Traffic Law, a reckless driver will have to pay a fine of Dh2,000, the car will be impounded for 30 days and the driver will have 12 black points recorded in his/her traffic file.
- The article also stipulates that a driver caught driving dangerously will have to pay a Dh1,000 fine, get 12 black points and the vehicle to be impounded for 30 days.
- Motorists who exceed the speed limit by 60kmph will have to pay Dh1,000 and the car will be impounded for 30 days and will receive 12 black points.
- According to Article 36, the owners of cars modified to cause annoying noise will have to pay Dh500 and the vehicle will be impounded for 30 days.
The officials urged the public to follow the rules to avoid fatal accidents and penalties.