x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Hand-held radar snares 400 drivers in capital

Police monitor the roads with mobile radars as a means of combating dangerous driving.

ABU DHABI // In just two weeks, new hand-held radar cameras being used by Abu Dhabi Police have caught 400 speeders, one going as fast as 204kph. Some have had their vehicles confiscated, police said yesterday. The initiative was introduced by the traffic and patrol division to set up mobile radars in areas not served by stationary cameras posted to catch speeders. According to a police statement yesterday, the campaign was launched in the first week of this month across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra as a part of a "crackdown on illegal speeding dangerous driving".

Col Hussein al Harthi, director of the traffic and patrol department, expressed outrage over the excessive speeding detected in the two weeks since then, the statement said. Impounded vehicles are kept in a police yard until the drivers pay a fee to have them released. The amount of the fine was not announced. In the statement, Col al Harthi reaffirmed his commitment to monitoring the roads with mobile radars as a means of combating dangerous driving.

He warned young people who drive in an "uncivilised" way that they can face arrest and see their vehicles and licenses confiscated if they are caught speeding or otherwise behaving dangerously on the roads. myoussef@thenational.ae