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More speed radars for Dubai’s roads this year

More speed radars will be installed on Dubai’s roads this year as well as CCTV cameras in busy areas, the emirate’s police chief has announced.

Drivers in Dubai can expect to see more traffic-monitoring technology in the city, such as this speed camera on Al Wasl Road near Safa Park in Dubai. The extra cameras are to make the roads safer. Antonie Robertson / The National
Drivers in Dubai can expect to see more traffic-monitoring technology in the city, such as this speed camera on Al Wasl Road near Safa Park in Dubai. The extra cameras are to make the roads safer. Antonie Robertson / The National

More speed radars will be installed on Dubai’s roads this year as well as CCTV cameras in busy areas, the emirate’s police chief has announced.

“This year’s budget includes an increase in the number of security cameras installed across the streets and popular places in the emirate. There will also be an increase in the number of speed-radar devices installed in Dubai,” said Maj Gen Khamis Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.

Countering the belief that speed radars are installed simply to raise money, Maj Gen Al Mazeina said their purpose was to enhance the safety and security of road users, some of whom were harassed by speeding drivers.

“This increase in the number of speed radars is not a moneymaking exercise, but it is for safer roads through reduction in speeding and, consequently, reducing traffic fatalities. I challenge anyone who adheres to the speed limit and still gets fined by the radar. Radars have been installed to catch violators,” said Maj Gen Al Mazeina in an interview with the Ministry of Interior’s 999 magazine.

Maj Gen Al Mazeina, who was appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police last November, also outlined plans to reduce the time it took officers to respond to reports of crime, not just in Dubai, but across the country.

“Our strategic plan will focus on the provision of advanced services in line with the evolving needs of the UAE’s population, in terms of the quality of service and in the way they are delivered. The plan also concentrates on exploring new technological developments as well as achieving excellence in delivering e-services,” he said.

Maintaining that technology held a special significance in police work, Maj Gen Al Mazeina said Dubai Police would unveil more smart initiatives this year in addition to those already available through its mobile app.

He added that infrastructure projects for the force this year included the opening of a new police station near Al Maktoum Airport in Jebel Ali, Al Barsha police station, as well as redevelopment of the Bur Dubai station.

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