Abu Dhabi Police take to skies to curb reckless driving
Abu Dhabi Police is taking to the air in a bid to catch reckless motorists as part of plans to improve road safety in the emirate.
The police force's air wing is conducting patrols to watch motorists and other traffic-rule violators, UAE news agency WAM reported on Monday.
Brigadier Hussein Al Harethi, director of Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Department, said the air patrols will film offending motorists and locate areas of traffic congestion.
He added that the focus of the air reconnaissance will be on vehicles which don't carry licence plates and young "stunt motorists" in order to control these potentially fatal practices.
Earlier this month it was reported that a total of 24 people have been killed and 33 seriously injured as a result of 157 accidents on highways in and out of Abu Dhabi in the first six months of this year.
The statistics have prompted Abu Dhabi Police to urge workers living outside the UAE capital to find closer accommodation to curb traffic congestion.
Police said most of the 157 accidents between January and June occurred on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai and Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highways.
Most crashes occurred during peak times as motorists commuted to and from work.