UAE invents radar that catches noisy motorists, issues fines

The UAE police has invented a new radar which detects noise pollution by vehicles, takes their photos and fines the violating drivers.

This system, the first of its kind in the world, was invented by Captain Ahmed Abdullah Al Muhairi, Head of Traffic Safety Section at the Traffic Engineering and Safety Department of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police, Emirates 24|7 has reported.

The cameras, which are activated by noise, measure decibels and could help in the fight against drivers who modify their vehicles or accelerate heavily.

How it works

Captain Ahmed Al Muhairi explained that ‘the noise monitoring radar’ consists of two integrated systems: The sound intensity sensor and an advanced camera that takes digital photos of the violating vehicles.

“The radar automatically measures the intensity of noise produced by a passing vehicle. If the noise ratio is higher than the allowed limit, the radar will immediately take photos, scan the vehicle’s license plate and fine the violating drivers,” he said.

Designed to reduce noise disturbances

Al Muhairi pointed out that the noise monitoring system is designed to reduce disturbances and illegal noises caused by vehicles on the city’s different roads, and particularly in residential areas, near hospitals, mosques, and educational institutions.

It also aims at reducing disturbances and noise caused by vehicles that undergo illegal modifications and additions, including changing engine specifications and making amendments in order to increase their speeds and amplify their sound, which spread chaos and cause a nuisance to the public.

First city in the world to use this system

“Introducing this new device would make Abu Dhabi the first city in the world to use the latest systems aimed at preserving the environment and reducing noise pollution and noise levels caused by vehicles and excessive use of horns. It will also promote Abu Dhabi’s vision to achieve sustainable traffic safety,” Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police said.

Gulf News reports that the devices were placed in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Other radars such as the “sniper” and mobile radar are constantly changing locations and can normally be seen on inter-city highways.

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