New radars in Dubai can detect if seat belts are worn

The vitronic (Al Burj) radar has the ability to record eight violations, including mobile phone use.
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Dubai Police has today begun the process of replacing 52 radars across Dubai roads with new high-tech radars that can detect if drivers are wearing seat belts or using their mobile phone.

Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Dubai Traffic Police, said the radars will replace the old ones on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Shaikh Zayed Road and Emirates Road.

The vitronic (Al Burj) radar was introduced to some roads last year and has the ability to record eight violations:

  • vehicles speeding;
  • vehicles going below the speed limit;
  • vehicles not leaving enough distance between other vehicles;
  • drivers not wearing a seat belt;
  • drivers using their mobile phone;
  • heavy vehicles not abiding by their designated lanes;
  • heavy vehicles that are on the road outside their designated timings;
  • and vehicles driving on the hard shoulder.

“There will also be 32 new radars to be placed on intersections. We will be receiving them soon from the manufacturer,” Col Al Mazroui said.

This is in addition to 18 devices to catch people driving on the hard shoulder that is still in the production phase. The 18 devices will be placed on outer roads including, Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Al Ain Road, Shaikh Zayed Road, and Al Hibab road, reports Gulf News.

Road fatalities in Dubai fell in the first four months of 2015 to 51, compared with 69 deaths in the same period last year.

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