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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Almost 3,000 motorists caught driving at 200kph or more in Abu Dhabi in past five months

Police issue warning over the dangers at driving at high speed

Motorists had a relatively clear run this morning. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National
Motorists had a relatively clear run this morning. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Nearly 3,000 motorists were caught out driving at least 200kph on Abu Dhabi roads in the past five months – more than double the speed limit in many parts of the city.

Abu Dhabi Police have issued a warning over the dangers of driving at such high speeds – and told drivers they will be hit hard in the pocket for breaking the law.

Police say people driving at excessive speeds risk losing control of their vehicles, don't have sufficient time to react to emergency situations and are unable to see near objects clearly, all of which can lead to serious traffic collisions.

Some 2965 motorists have been fined for driving faster than 200kph since January. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police
Some 2965 motorists have been fined for driving faster than 200kph since January. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police

Speed limits vary across the emirate, with many set between 80kph and 120kph.

The highest speed limit in the UAE is 160kph, on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road, which links Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia.

Reckless drivers were snared through smart systems and radars placed across the emirate.

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Police have reiterated that drivers breaking the speed limit by more than 80kph per hour face a Dh3,000 fine, will have 23 black points on their record and will have their car seized for 60 days.

Those who exceed speed limits by 60kph per hour incur a Dh2,000 fine, with 12 black points and will have their car taken for 30 days.

Police believe safety campaigns aimed at educating drivers about the stark consequences of speeding are vital to making motorists slow down – and cutting the number of crashes on the roads.

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