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MoI provides driving license issuance via Smart App

posted on 24/03/2015

The Ministry of Interior, MoI, has launched a driving license issuance service via its app, UAE MoI. The new app is to benefit those who have passed their driving tests through the federal traffic and registration system.
Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Chairman of the Ministry of Interior's E-transformation Higher Committee, said that this service is among a suite of services that the MoI has provided for the public that require the user to follow simple steps to obtain the service. He also highlighted the quantum leap that the MoI has achieved in the field of smart applications in order to address the needs of citizens and residents alike.
He also noted that the MoI smart applications centre effectively employs nationals who provide all of the electronic procedures in a way that contributes to the accessibility of the services to all individuals.
Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Director-General, Traffic Coordination Directorate General, Ministry of Interior, said that through the provision of driving license issuance service via the UAE MoI app, citizens and residents will save both time and effort. This system will provide the user with the application file on the federal traffic and registration system, and is adopted across the UAE wherever the application terms are met. The driving license issuance is carried out via completing simple steps on the app, and the license will be delivered to the beneficiary via mail.
First Lieutenant Mohammed Darwish Al Balouki, Project Manager, said that the service is available through the smart app for all applicants who have a drivers' test file and have passed the final test. The service will be automatically available once the beneficiary enters the ‘traffic section' and presses on the ‘driving license' button. The file should be registered in the federal traffic and registration system that is available across the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


DoT introduces intelligent traffic signals in intersections of Mohamed bin Zayed City

posted on 16/03/2015

The Department of Transport, DoT, in Abu Dhabi today announced that it has introduced an Intelligent Traffic Control System in all signalled intersections of Mohamed bin Zayed City, in its continuous pursuit to enhance safety and security for road users whilst providing proactive solutions to ensure smoother traffic.
The project, which completed its deployment phases recently, involved installing intelligent and integrated traffic/pedestrian signals as well as a traffic video surveillance system in the 40 intersections of Mohamed bin Zayed City.
The first of its kind to be deployed in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Dh75 million traffic control system will help enhance traffic in Mohamed bin Zayed City through reducing recurring congestion and boosting safety levels for all road users, especially at intersections. Also, the system ensures faster responses to non-recurring congestion in addition to environmental advantages, such as lowering vehicles' level of fuel consumption, noise and carbon dioxide emissions.
"This innovative system enables traffic signals to provide real time responses to traffic via an advanced central control system that is installed in all Mohamed bin Zayed City intersections. The system is also linked to advanced CCTV networks and ground sensors that have been deployed in the city. It uses an internal simulation system to analyse real-time traffic based on previous data and projected traffic volumes at these signals," said Hamed Adel Al Afeefi, Acting Director of Traffic Management and Technology, TMT, at DoT.
He added that the system features a special ability to run and implement signal control programmes in response to traffic data and the information that has been collected from road network surveillance. It also adapts to this data to improve traffic signals network timing and performance whilst reducing the time spent on each trip, and minimising waiting periods at each intersection.
This project followed extensive studies and field visits to many cities around the world carried out by the Department of Transport in collaboration with the Department of Municipal Affairs in Abu Dhabi in order to determine the best technical solutions for facilitating traffic and reducing traffic congestion. To carry out this project, the DoT has also cooperated with several government entities, including the Abu Dhabi Municipality, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Distribution Company. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ADP: Road deaths fatalities down by 35%, and serious injuries by 50% in five years

posted on 09/03/2015

The latest statistics issued by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, ADP, has reported a significant improvement in traffic safety over the past five years.
According to Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, due to this significant decline, fatalities caused by run-over accidents dropped by 54%, traffic accidents by 40%, fatalities caused by traffic accidents by 35%, and serious injuries decreased by 50%. Also, traffic-related fatalities decreased by 59% per 100,000 inhabitants, despite the increased number of registered vehicles by 12% over the period.
Brigadier Al Harithi attributed the continuous improvement in the levels of traffic safety to the directorate's diligent and rigorous efforts in implementing the comprehensive plan, which was developed and approved in 2010.
The long-term plan focuses on road engineering development; traffic control; awareness and education, rapid emergency response and healthcare, and continuous evaluation of outcomes and performance indicators; and community partnership. Several initiatives have been implemented as a part of this plan, in addition to an integrated speed management strategy, increasing enforcement and automated traffic control devices, and developing a system to identify motorists who jump red lights.
He noted that the increase in the annual average improvement of traffic safety rates over the period is the result of the unrelenting efforts and the ongoing review of the traffic safety plan. He explained that the annual average improvement over the period are as follows: an 8% decrease in traffic accidents, 7% decrease in fatalities, 10% decrease in serious injuries, 11% decrease in pedestrian fatalities, and 12% decrease in fatality rates per 10,000 vehicles.
Adding further, he said that the directorate has already initiated phase 2 of the long-term strategic plan that includes 6 key pillars, known as 6E+I for the next five years and aims at decreasing traffic accidents' fatalities to 3% per 100,000 inhabitants by 2021. This will be achieved by developing operational plans in the field of traffic safety, in accordance with the best international practices, as an integral part of its long term plan in a bid to achieve zero fatalities on the roads by 2030.
He said that the launching of phase 2 of the long-term five-phase plan, comes in line with the efforts to build on the positive results that have been achieved in Abu Dhabi in terms of traffic safety during the past 5 years (2010-2014), and is a part of the traffic safety strategy implemented by the directorate and its future vision to achieve zero fatalities by 2030. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Security Media Department to Launch "Messages from the Heart" initiative to mark GCC Traffic Week

posted on 07/03/2015

The Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior will be launching an initiative titled "Messages from the heart", via the various TV, radio, and social networking sites. The initiative comes in line with the 31st GCC Traffic Week, which will commence after tomorrow, Sunday.
Alia Al Rumaithi, Radio Branch Manager at the Security Media Department, indicated that the initiative coincides with the 31st GCC Traffic Week events and is organised in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). She added: "As a part of the initiative, awareness messages will be broadcasted via various radio stations across the UAE in three different languages (English, Arabic and Urdu). The awareness messages will be delivered by male and female students aged between 11 and 14 years and were pre-recorded at the Radio Branch studio at the Security Media Department." In conclusion, she noted that the initiative aims at enhancing and promoting the traffic safety culture among parents as well as the various segments of road users.
For her part, Media Expert Joyce Bou Sader, TV Branch Manager, Security Media Department, said: "As a part of the ‘Messages from the heart' initiative, children will be making a heartfelt address to community members on the need to abide by traffic laws in order to preserve lives". She indicated that the messages will be broadcasted throughout the days of the GCC Traffic Week via TV channels and social networking sites that attract a fairly large audience.


RTA links traffic signals with 3G technology in Dubai

posted on 03/02/2015

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has announced the completion of connecting all traffic signals in the Emirate with the Traffic Control Centre, meanwhile work is up and running in completing the project of shifting the control of traffic signals from the existing hired telephone lines to the 3G technology; enabling remote control of signals via RTA's Traffic Control Centre.
The step is set to alleviate and enable better management of traffic congestion at junctions as per the changing traffic patterns, and accordingly minimise the delay resulting from the timing and synchronisation issues of the traffic signals such that the control is totally shifted from wire to wireless systems in the Emirate.
Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, said: "This innovative project will boost the global profile of Dubai, particularly as the system is applied for the first time worldwide. The system has a host of benefits such as its effectiveness, smooth implementation and link with the Control Centre, easy maintenance, and the low-cost compared to the previous scenario; where an infrastructure of cables and lines from service providers are required near each signal." Commenting on the project progress, Bin Udai said that the RTA, represented by the Traffic and Roads Agency, had finalised the site surveying in order to capture information about the Loop Location, Scoot Loop for the entire number of junctions in Dubai which is 410 junctions.
Touching on the work progress in the project, Bin Udai said: "Till the middle of last January, the RTA completed 75% of works for connecting light signals with the 3G wireless network. So up to now the RTA controls 330 signalised junctions in Dubai using the 3G technology, and the remaining number of light signals (about 500) will be linked with the Control Centre via 3G network by the end of March 2015. Accordingly it will be possible to reduce any traffic congestion at junctions, particularly if there was a need for an additional signal later on. Thus it will be easy to detect, manage and report defects in a creative manner, and necessary synchronisation will be made to ensure the highest rates of efficiency and streamlined operation of light signals control systems in realisation of RTA's vision of providing Safe and Smooth Transport for All." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


4775 vehicles seized in Abu Dhabi last year due to over speeding

posted on 01/02/2015

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police seized 4775 vehicles last year for driving at dangerous speeds, exceeding 200 Km/h, posing a tremendous risk to other drivers and road users.
Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, warned drivers against reckless driving. He pointed out that all legal necessary actions were taken against drivers for driving dangerously which causes horrifying traffic accidents that often lead to fatalities and serious injuries.
He called upon drivers to adhere to designated speed limits, which were set after thoroughly studying the traffic flows.
Al Harithi explained that the locations of speed radars and cameras in Abu Dhabi, has been pre announced. Drivers were warned to comply and reduce speeds for their safety and the safety of other road users.
"The higher the speed is, the less time there is to stop - which makes it more difficult to avoid traffic accident," he said. "It is imperative that motorists respect the legal speed limits in order to avoid traffic accidents that may lead to fatalities and serious injuries." He said, "vehicles will be impounded for a month, and the driving license will get 12 black points and a fine of Dh1000. These penalties will be imposed on drivers exceeding the speed limits by 60 Km/h. Drivers will be prosecuted in case of repeating the offense." He reiterated the keenness of the Abu Dhabi Police to elevate the level of the traffic awareness among drivers in both public and private sectors, and to emphasise the importance of adhering to designated speed limits, as well as to intensify traffic control through patrols and speed radars.
Brigadier Al Harithi also indicated that a total of 10,000 drivers from public and private sectors have benefited from the 169 awareness programs and lectures during the past year. "These programs and lectures aim to enhance the levels of adherence to fixed speeds limits that have been designated on the signage alongside roads," he said Brigadier Al Harithi reiterated his appeal to the various segments of the community to further enhance their efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting the culture of safe driving and to abide by speed limits in a bid to prevent traffic accidents that are caused by speeding. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Hunt for parking at The Dubai Mall gets smart

posted on 15/01/2015

The Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) smart parking application will now allow users to locate available parking spaces at The Dubai Mall, multi-storey parking buildings and certain areas on Sheikh Zayed road. The updated version of the app, which was introduced by the RTA in September 2014, is available for download on the Android platform.
The primary aim of the update is to encourage private spaces like shopping malls and hotels to incorporate their parking facilities with the RTA app, officials said at a media roundtable conference on Wednesday. As of now, the public sector owns 125,000 parking slots in Dubai.
Over 93,000 parking transactions are carried out via the app and SMS.
The update will take effect on the iOS platform in about a week, Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO, Licensing Agency and Head of Smart App Team, said.
The Dubai Mall is the first shopping mall in Dubai to come under the app's gamut and officials clarified that as of now, people will not have to pay to use the app to spot parking slots in the mall.
Maitha bin Adi, CEO of Dubai Traffic and Roads Corporation, clarified that the app will not give the exact location of free slots, but instead will give details of available parking spaces in different zones by method of colour-coding. Parking sensors have been installed using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems.
Bin Adi said: "The multi-storey parking buildings have multiple access points into the building. As users enter the building, the parking occupancy numbers of each building will be mentioned in the app. Another interesting feature on the app is that users can take a picture of the spot in which they have parked, and store it on the app, which will help the driver remember the exact location of the car. This can be done with the simple help of the GPS facility on the driver's smart phone. The app also provides the user with the direction to, and exact location of the multi-storey building and shopping malls.”
The mWallet feature on the app allows users to bypass the SMS charges while paying for a parking ticket, and the new sensors can also spot handicap parking spots on the streets, malls and multi-storey parking lots.
Pilot test
"We ran a pilot test on 300 parking sensors that were installed on the available spots starting from Crowne Plaza Hotel on ... Sheikh Zayed road till Shangri-La on the road towards Abu Dhabi. We can say that we are satisfied with the results, and this is the first phase of increasing the reach of the app,” said Bahrozyan.
The RTA is encouraging more shopping malls to list their parking spaces under the app. "We are in talks with most of the major shopping malls in Dubai, especially those who have the sensor technology in place.”
Future plans
Abdullah Ali Abdul Razak Al Madani, CEO of Corporate Technical Support Services Sector and Head of Smart City initiative at the RTA, said: "This is only the beginning. We have plans to extend the street sensor technology into extremely congested areas like Bur Dubai, Karama and Oud Metha, which will greatly reduce traffic and parking-related congestion. We also want this app to be the answer to all parking-related problems in Dubai.”
The parking app has clocked fewer than 60,000 downloads, while the Smart Drive application, one of Dubai's most popular app, has had over half a million downloads. – Khaleej Times -§ion=nationgeneral


Thick fog leads to 114-vehicle pile-up, 20 hurt on Abu Dhabi-Dubai road

posted on 09/01/2015

Some 20 people were injured in multi-vehicle collisions on Thursday morning on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai road after a thick blanket of fog drastically reduced visibility.
One victim remains in critical condition.
As a result, 40 patrol cars responded to the incidents that took place between Al Reef Bridge towards Al Shahama and paramedics treated the wounded before taking them to hospitals for treatment.
Police say tens of cars were involved in the accidents whereas other unconfirmed eyewitness reports claimed that the number climbed up to 114 vehicles.
According to Colonel Hamad Nasser Al Balushi, Head of Peripheral Regions Traffic Department, Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate police arrived at the scene only minutes after the incidents occurred and vehicles were cleared off the road within two hours.
Pictures taken by witnesses on the scene show vehicles piled up on top of each other in addition to a motorcycle that was involved in the incidents.
Commuters on their way to the capital city from Dubai witnessed incidents on their side of the road.
George, an Abu Dhabi resident, said he and his mother were almost involved in the accidents.
"Cars were passing us at high speeds, not following rules or keeping a safe distance. I told my mum these cars will crash and a few kilometres ahead of us, where the road started to bottleneck, we braked.
"However, due to the moisture on the roads, my vehicle skidded past the first 10 to 15 vehicles while others were crashing into one another,” he told Gulf News.
"We must have skidded around 100 metres and we were driving at 70km/h. By the grace of God we came to a standstill a metre before we were about to hit another car. We counted around 114 cars. It looked like something out of a Hollywood movie,” he added.
Meanwhile, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) warned residents in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai to be wary of fog that will remain especially thick on the roads until Sunday morning.
Those travelling between the three cities including the Western Region are also advised to do so before the fog gets thicker closer to midnight.
Additionally, people are urged to stay away from coastlines and the sea until Friday morning and again on Sunday when north-westerly winds will become much stronger causing higher waves and more dangerous seas. In some areas, visibility will be reduced to zero, officials at the NCMS told Gulf News, therefore residents are advised to exercise extreme caution at sea and on the road until weather conditions improve.
Official sources say the majority of patients were taken to Al Mafraq Hospital and the Abu Dhabi Services Company (Seha) which manages public hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is still awaiting police investigations to be complete before issuing a statement.
On Saturday, Al Ain witnessed a 19-car pile-up that injured three people and a camel in the early hours of the morning due to heavy fog.
The official urged motorists to leave a safe distances between their vehicles during low visibility, to refrain from making common mistakes such as leaving hazard lights on while driving. Other advice included travelling at reduced speeds and avoiding changing lanes. – Gulf News -


New Dubai number plates for 2014

posted on 15/10/2014

Vehicle number plates with the new Dubai ‘brand' logo will be available from the end of the year, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official said.
The new plates, which are not mandatory, will be available for purchase only through smart channels.
"The new number plates are just another option for people to have. We will not replace the existing ones with these. Those who want the new plates can have them any time and not necessarily during the renewal,” said Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of RTA's Licensing Agency.
Expected to cost slightly more than the existing ones, RTA will have the new plates delivered at your doorstep.
"We will only accept online or mobile applications and the number plates can either be delivered through courier or can be collected from a pre-selected RTA customer care centre. We also intend to keep the prices of the plates at affordable levels so that everybody is able to buy it. The plates are not something for the elite only,” added Behroozian.
The existing plates — long and short — are available for Dh35 and Dh25 respectively.
Number plates in Dubai haven't changed for decades. Currently, the Dubai number plates come in different colours, with private vehicles having white plates with numbers in black, while commercial vehicles have green plates with white numbers and, recently, RTA launched number plates for classic cars, which are maroon in colour.
RTA is also working on introducing smart number plates to go with the smart initiatives as part of Dubai Smart Government projects.
Behroozian confirmed that a pilot will be launched for the smart or electronic number plates by year-end.
Among the features of the smart plate is that it can control the speed of a vehicle according to the limit on a particular road, helping improve safety, particularly on internal roads.
"There are various technologies that we are looking at, basically the smart plates have RFID chips that can help us introduce smart applications through it, while the motorists can also have many benefits,” said Behroozian.
Other benefits of the technology are integration with RTA's Salik, storage of data that can allow authorities to track movement of vehicles and identify criminals, auto deduction of parking fees, as well as easing entry to and exit from parking areas, without the need for swipe cards. – Gulf News -


Ministry of Interior revises traffic offence points programme

posted on 14/10/2014

The Police Follow-up Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has revised its existing points system for traffic offences, by approving amendments on a number of its policy items, including the introduction of a re-educational programme to help drivers become more aware.
The programme comes as part of the Ministry of Interior's efforts to achieve traffic safety based on the adoption of the best international standards.
Under the term of the programme, violators will be given a once-a-year opportunity to reduce their points before reaching the 24 point limit, and see up to eight points knocked off their record.
Temporary license-holders who have had their licenses revoked for the first time and reached the 24 point limit, will also be allowed to benefit from the programme. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Traffic accidents decreased by 10.7 percent in U.A.E. over 8 months

posted on 23/09/2014

Traffic accidents registered in the U.A.E. over the first eight months of 2014 have decreased by 10.7 percent, according to statistics released by the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI). There have been 3,170 accidents so far this year, as compared to the 3,549 accidents registered during this same period in 2013. Statistics also show a 0.2 percent decrease in the mortality rate when compared to the same period of the current year.
Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Director General, Traffic Coordination Department, Ministry of Interior, said, "According to the indicators and due to the decrease of road accidents, the death rate of accidents has slightly decreased over the first eight months of this year with 463 deaths, as compared to 464 deaths in the same period last year." Road accident injuries decreased by 7.4 percent over the first eight months of 2014 with 4,602 injuries, as compared to 4,969 injuries during the same period last year.
Brigadier Al Zaabi attributed the decrease in traffic accidents and injuries to the effective measures taken by the MoI and the efforts of the police general headquarters and Traffic and Patrols departments and directorates across the country. He said, "These efforts are in line with the Ministry's efforts to improve traffic safety, secure our roads, create a safe traffic environment based on international standards, and to strengthen partnerships with entities concerned with traffic safety in the country." Brigadier Al Zaabi explained, "All types of road accidents, together with their subsequent injuries, deaths, and traffic fines, are the natural result of the increasing use of vehicles across the U.A.E., which is closely linked to the growing population increase and urban development. Meanwhile, traffic departments across the country bare the major burden of training and testing thousands of people who wish to obtain their driving licenses, as this is one of the most important requirements of economic and social development." "Each type of traffic accident that has been registered over the past eight months this year, has decreased when compared to last year. Accidents involving impacts and collisions have decreased by 14.5 percent with 1,989 accidents this year, as compared to 2,326 accidents in 2013," Brigadier Al Zaabi said.
Brigadier Al Zaabi said, "Registered accidents involving swerving have recorded a significant decrease of 11.5 percent with 369 accidents this year, as compared to 417 accidents in 2013. There were 744 recorded run-over accidents with a decrease of 2.7 percent when compared to the 765 accidents during the same period last year, which is due to the successful efforts made to reduce these occurrences. Other types of accidents have increased by 65.9 percent over the first eight months of 2014, with 68 accidents as compared to 41 accidents during the same period last year." Brigadier Al Zaabi stated that sudden lane changes were the main causes of traffic accidents over the first eight months of 2014 which caused 589 accidents. The second main cause of accidents was due to the misjudgements of road users with 406 accidents. "The third main cause of traffic accidents was due to the failure of road users to leave a sufficient amount of distance between vehicles which caused 350 accidents. Negligence and lack of attention is the fourth main cause, with a recorded number of 265 accidents. Speeding is the fifth main cause with 258 accidents. Entering a road before making sure it is clear caused 232 accidents, followed by the failure to comply with the rules of the lane which caused 189 accidents. Running red lights caused 187 accidents, while drinking under the influence of alcohol caused 150 accidents. Failure to give priority to crossing pedestrians caused 107 accidents," he said.
Brigadier Al Zaabi provided further details, "Sudden lane changes were also the main causes of mortality which caused 113 deaths. Speeding came second, causing 62 deaths, followed by the misjudgement of road with 48 deaths. The failure to leave a sufficient amount of distance between vehicles caused 41 deaths, while negligence and lack of attention led to 39 deaths. The failure to comply with the rules of the lane caused 34 deaths, whereas entering a road before making sure it is clear caused 19 deaths. Not giving the priority to crossing pedestrians caused 19 deaths." He said, "Sudden lane changes were the main causes of various kinds of injuries which injured 914 persons, and failure to leave a sufficient amount of distance between vehicles caused 576 injuries. Running red lights caused 406 injuries, coming in third, while the misjudgement of road users came fourth with 402 injuries. Speeding caused 390 injuries, whereas entering a road before making sure it is clear caused 353 injuries. The failure to comply with the rules of the lane led to 347 injuries, whereas negligence and lack of attention caused 303 injuries." Brigadier Al Zaabi called upon motorists and road users to abide by the rules and regulations of traffic for their own safety and for the safety of others. This advice is in order for road users to prevent hurting themselves or others in traffic accidents, which could result in injuries or loss of life and property. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Salik holds record of being the biggest tolling system in the world

posted on 23/09/2014

Salik is the biggest tolling system in the world in terms of multiple lanes covered, and the widest toll gate in one direction, said the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Providing a free traffic gate spanning 44 meters in one direction and covering 12 lanes on Sheikh Zayed Road in both directions, the toll gate system of Dubai is responsible for yet another worldwide record.
Salik has the capacity to handle 1.5 million vehicle trips every day and does not require road closures for maintenance purposes due to its technical infrastructure.
RTA has won the Toll Excellence Awards 2014 in the category of Technology sponsored annually by The International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association (IBTTA), USA.
It is the first tolling project operating on 870 frequency, and it is possible to control and monitor all components of the IT infrastructure of Salik system on both roadsides where an electronic orders system is set to issue maintenance instructions automatically, explained Maitha bin Udai, CEO, Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA.
The RTA recently launched several new top-up channels, such as the recharge voucher and the Salik smart app, which enables motorists to top up their Salik account from the ease of their smart phone.
Currently there are six Salik toll gates in Dubai: Al Garhoud gate, Al Maktoum gate, Al Safa gate, Al Barsha gate, Airport Tunnel Gate and Mamzar gate. – Emirates 24│7 -


ADP Traffic and Patrols Directorate Calls for boosting community-based efforts to reduce accidents

posted on 29/08/2014

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police has called for increasing community-based efforts to reduce traffic accidents.
Colonel Hamad Nasser Al Bloushi, Head of Peripheral Regions Traffic Department at the directorate, stressed that ensuring traffic safety is a significant challenge for police entities, who are in charge of enforcing the laws enacted to protect the lives and safety of all road users; motorists, passengers and pedestrians alike. Colonel Al Bloushi also called for mobilising efforts in collaboration with the various sectors of society in order to reduce accidents and their resulting fatalities, and achieve the highest levels of traffic safety.
These remarks were made by Colonel Hamad Nasser Al Bloushi at the ceremony organised by Al Ain Traffic Section on Wednesday. The ceremony was held to honour individuals, partners and collaborators, in recognition of their valuable cooperation in the traffic awareness activities and events organised during the Traffic Week events.
Colonel Al Bloushi indicated that this accolade is an acknowledgement from the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ of the efforts and support provided by the various institutions, companies and schools to promote traffic awareness. "They were role models to emulate in their cooperation and coordination with the Al Ain Traffic Section to ensure the success of the various awareness-raising activities, namely the exhibitions, lectures and traffic villages," he indicated.
Adding further, Colonel Al Bloushi said that this accolade represents an incentive to encourage these entities to exert further cooperation and interaction. It also motivates others to follow in their footsteps to achieve the common goals, notably traffic safety for all, as well as to promote traffic awareness among all segments of society. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Female investigators provide psychological support to female drivers who cause traffic accidents

posted on 02/08/2014

Special women police officers at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police are in charge of investigating with women drivers who cause traffic accidents. They also provide psychological support to these women to help them cope with the emotional shock from the accidents they are involved in, and take their statement. This is achieved in a way that preserves women's privacy and puts them at ease to ensure a seamless investigation process.
To this end, the Traffic and Patrols Directorate has set up an office to handle traffic accidents involving female drivers. It also provided specialised female police officers to follow-up on the circumstances surrounding the accidents, both on site and at the office with the women involved. They are dispatched to the accident's site as soon as notification is received by the operations room, where they take the initial statement before conducting an extensive investigation at the office.
Female investigators from the women's traffic accidents' investigation office commented on the nature of their work and the services they provide, and how they manage to reconcile between their home and work responsibilities (the shift system); which represents a challenge to them as mothers.
First Warrant Officer Mastourah Juman, Investigator at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Major Accidents Section, said: "The field and office investigation process with respect to traffic accidents caused by women drivers is conducted by specialised female officers in accordance with the procedures applicable in this regard. In such cases, women are provided with psychological support so as to help them overcome their fear at the time of the accident, while maintaining their privacy in case they need to be transferred to the hospital, which is a prevalent occurrence with women who suffer an emotional shock when involved in a car accident." She added: "Dispatching female officers to the accident's site is based on the severity of the accident and the incidence of injuries, which require their immediate intervention. Moreover, the female driver who caused the accident is summoned to the investigation office to provide her with some kind of comfort, confidence and privacy in order to take her statement." In conclusion, First Warrant Officer Juman noted that while most road accidents in Abu Dhabi were still caused by men, the number of crashes involving women was rising. However, they are mostly minor accidents and usually due to lack of attention and failure to leave sufficient safe distance between vehicles, in addition to getting distracted from the road.
Commenting on how the office deals with notifications related to traffic accidents caused by women, First Warrant Officer Roqayah Hassan Al Hosani said: "Upon receiving a notification from the Operations Department, we are provided with the accident's coordinates, and the number of women injured or involved in the crash. The competent police officers complete investigation, take photos of the car accident's scene, and start taking people's statements. If fault cannot be determined, the officers would resort to the traffic camera footage, or refer the case to the public prosecution to resolve the conflict." Elaborating on the difficulties faced by female investigators while following-up on the case at the accident's site, First Warrant Officer Al Hosani pointed out to the harsh climate conditions particularly the soaring temperatures during summer. She added: "Female investigators have to cope with the various reactions of women drivers who cause accidents especially if the accident is serious. In this case, they take into account the psychological condition of the woman who caused or is affected by the traffic accident." For her part, Sergeant Rawda Abdullah Al Ali who works on an 8-hour rotating shift basis indicated that her job requires her to work morning, afternoon and night shifts on a rotating basis. She said: "This work schedule requires delicate time management in order to reconcile between family life and work responsibilities, and to avoid any negative impact on my children, which may be caused by my night shifts, which extend from 8:30 pm to 5:30 am." She also noted that women cause fewer accidents than male drivers in late hours of the night; while there is an equal prevalence of accidents caused by male and female drivers during daytime.
Asked about how she would react if the female driver who caused the accident was in a traumatic state or suffered an emotional shock after a car accident or any other reason, Sergeant Al Ali explained: "Dealing with such cases is different and requires us to inspire confidence and a sense of security to the women involved in the crash in order to create the appropriate environment to take their statement. Being involved in an accident often yields a strong reaction among some women, which forces us to send them home and postpone investigation to a later date." In conclusion, she added that she is striving to carry out her family duties and responsibilities in the best possible way even at the expense of her personal comfort; something she regards as a natural behaviour in a job that requires sacrifice and selflessness. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai traffic lights going green

posted on 15/07/2014

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started replacing traffic lights in Dubai with halogen bulbs using LED power-saving technology.
It comes as part of the RTA's safety and environmental push to enhance the traffic safety level and keep abreast of the green economy drive, an official said. The project will be carried out in phases and phase one is now under way.
The bulbs will also save the RTA around Dh900,000 a year in expenditure, said Maitha Bin Udai, CEO of the RTA's Traffic and Roads Agency.
She said the LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting system lasts longer — about ten years — while using the least power. The low-maintenance bulbs are also more reliable and efficient than conventional lighting.
"Replacing the traffic lights is part of a plan set by the RTA for the second half of this year to upgrade traffic systems, which would accordingly improve the traffic safety on the heavily congested roads and streets in the Emirate of Dubai, and develop solutions for main intersections that witness recurrent traffic accidents,” Maitha said.
"Following the testing of the efficiency of the state-of-the-art LED lighting system, it was evident that it has the ability to provide lighting for longer periods with the least maintenance requirements, besides minimising power consumption to the barest minimum.”
She added that the bulbs "optimise consumption by as much as 55 per cent, besides contributing to conserving the environment through reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”
The technology has an auto-dimming feature according to the degree of external lighting. These lights can be clearly visible during daytime without being impacted by the sun's reflections on the lenses.
"This will ultimately contribute to realising the vision of the RTA of providing Safe and Safe Smooth Transport for All.” – Gulf News – Read more:


Surveillance cameras to be activated in 36 Abu Dhabi intersections

posted on 13/07/2014

The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate has announced the activation of the intersection surveillance system to detect speeding motorists who jump the red signal as of next Tuesday at a further 36 intersections in the city of Abu Dhabi.
This step falls in line with the Traffic and Patrols Directorate's traffic safety strategy to make roads safer, and to reduce all causes of traffic accidents that result in deaths and severe injuries.
Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, said that the speed monitoring system has been activated on as many as 108 surveillance cameras at different intersections across Abu Dhabi. He added that the speed monitoring devices have been programmed and speed limits applicable to these roads have been specified on the cameras, which are fitted with state-of-the-art technology and operate with high efficiency. The cameras use infra-red technology that captures images without the use of flash in order to catch violators on all lanes, while traffic signals turn red or green.
Brigadier Al Harithi warned against the dangers of exceeding the legal speed limits at intersections. He also urged drivers to adhere to traffic rules law and reduce speed at traffic lights junctions. He also called upon them to avoid speeding up when traffic lights turn amber.
Additionally, Brigadier Al Harithi explained that the violations that have been detected by the speed monitoring systems at intersections include red light jumping, unsafe lane changes, stopping over crosswalk lines, exceeding legal speed limits, overtaking at junctions, and making turns or U-turns from the wrong lane.
Furthermore, Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi pointed out that surveillance cameras mounted at intersections are part of a modern traffic system. They are 3D thermal cameras covering more than five lanes in each direction. They are multifunctional, and include infrared license plate readers. They are used to determine the numbers and types of passing vehicles, estimating the average speed, and determining the number and direction of pedestrians while traffic signals turn green and red. The system is also unique as it is linked to the directorate's notifications and text messaging system, as well as the Portable Variable Message Signs (PVMS).
"The system represents one of the most important projects to improve traffic safety, which is based on six pillars known as the 6Es (Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Emergency, Evaluation and Engagement)," he explained. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Ministry of Interior launches third Unified Traffic Awareness campaign

posted on 11/07/2014

The Ministry of Interior, MoI, represented by the Traffic Coordination Department has launched the third unified traffic awareness campaign for this year as a part of traffic sector initiatives under the slogan: "For Your Safety, Adhere to Traffic Rules." This three-month campaign aims to bring together the efforts of the concerned authorities and segments of society for motorists to abide by traffic rules and regulations of the road for their own safety.
Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Director-General of the Traffic Coordination Department, said, "This campaign is an embodiment of the MoI's strategy, stemming from the strategy of the federal government and the directives of the police leadership to attain the highest levels of traffic safety for everyone. The campaign is also a part of the strategic plan of the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior to control road security, promote traffic safety, and reduce traffic accidents and running-over cases." Brigadier Al Zaabi added that the drivers' lack of commitment to the rules and regulations of traffic laws have caused 1,302 accidents during the first-quarter of this year, resulting in 181 deaths, and 1929 injuries ranging from mild, moderate to severe injuries.
He also mentioned that the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior is carrying out this campaign in cooperation with the Traffic and Patrol Departments nationwide, more than 20 federal and local authorities concerned with traffic safety from both public and private sectors and public welfare associations in the country that support the initiatives for creating safe environments and accident free roads. Brigadier Al Zaabi stressed the need to support the media efforts of all concerned authorities, and to highlight the role of the MoI and other related institutions in this campaign.
He explained that the campaign launched by the Traffic Coordination Department includes all segments of society. The laws and etiquette of traffic are guides for driving safely and are necessary to know, understand and implement.


Abu Dhabi police puts 46 new speed cameras in operation in Al Ain

posted on 29/06/2014

Forty six new speed cameras are now in operation at all the entrances of Al Ain City to curb over-speeding, the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police has announced.
Colonel Khalifa Al Khaili, Director of Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Department at Abu Dhabi Police, said 32 new speed cameras will also be installed on the internal roads of Al Ain as part of a multi-phased plan to reduce accidents and fatalities and increase road traffic safety.
Al Khaili noted that eight of the new speed cameras will detect and "catch" violating vehicles passing in either direction of two-way roads. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


27% decrease in traffic accident fatalities in Abu Dhabi in May

posted on 10/06/2014

Statistics from the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Abu Dhabi Police, show that traffic accident fatalities decreased during May compared to the previous month in Abu Dhabi, from 22 to 16 fatalities (27% decrease), and the number of accidents from 153 to 145 (5% decrease).
Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said that accidents that occurred during the period varied between collisions, running over, and swerving accidents. The main reasons for accidents were drivers not leaving enough safety space, sudden lane changing, speeding without consideration of the condition of the road, negligence and lack of attention, entering a main road without checking if it is clear, crossing red traffic lights and not giving priority for pedestrians on crossings.
He also said that the number of fines issued during the period reached about 210,073 for violations such as speeding, not following the obligatory path, inadequate tires, not wearing seat belts, and many others.
Al Harithi urged motorists to adhere to traffic laws and reduce speed, leave enough safety space, and not distract themselves with phones while driving, to support the efforts that benefit society to preserve lives and properties. He also invited families to partake in raising awareness by advising the youth to adhere to traffic laws and designated speeds, especially with the summer vacation approaching, and the importance of occupying youths in summer activities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi Traffic Department, Mawaqif to allow payment of fines in instalments

posted on 01/06/2014

The Directorate of Traffic '&' Patrols (DTP) at Abu Dhabi Police and the Department of Transport (DoT) have announced granting the motorists with expired vehicle registration, the option to pay their traffic and parking tickets in instalments, starting June 1st and up to August 31st.
DTP Director Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harthy said all branches of the directorate in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region will provide the facility to the motorists with at least Dh 1,000 fines for more than one violation ticket. The total fines can be paid in two instalments.
"We hope that allowing the motorists to pay their fines in two instalments will encourage them to be more compliant with the laws and regulations aimed at maintaining safety. Neither DTP, nor DoT are happy to issue violation tickets," he added.
Motorists availing of this facility should, however, pay all traffic and parking fines incurred in other emirates of the country, including fines by Dubai's Roads '&' Transport Authority, the municipalities and fines in other GCC countries, in addition to the upfront payment of 50% of fines by DTP and Mawaqif. The remaining 50% should be paid within one year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate receives traffic reports via the CityGuard application

posted on 26/05/2014

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ announced that it will be receiving reports about traffic-related incidents from the public, such as traffic violations committed by motorists on internal and external roads in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi through the e-Government application called CityGuard. The application was launched by the directorate, out of its firm belief that road safety is a social responsibility that requires concerted efforts from all society segments; in the quest to make traffic safety a common behaviour.
Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, noted that the directorate receives documented reports from the public about cases of traffic law violations, by taking a photo or recording a video. "It is necessary to indicate the number and type of vehicle, location and time of violation and the street where it took place," he said. Moreover, he added that these reports will be handled with confidentiality without disclosing the identity of individuals who made the report, to check their validity and take the appropriate measures.
Al Harithi called on all segments of society to assume their civic responsibility through the "Community is a Traffic Cop" initiative, launched by the directorate. The initiative aims to promote interactive participation in the efforts to provide traffic safety and to report traffic violations and dangerous behaviour by motorists, whether on internal or external roads or inside residential neighbourhoods. "Violations include show-off and stunts with vehicles, overtaking on the hard shoulder of the road, jumping red light signals, overtaking trucks and other violations," he indicated.
Furthermore, Al Harithi highlighted that receiving traffic reports via the CityGuard app aligns with the Abu Dhabi Government's agenda to encourage public participation in reporting on various issues round the clock, including traffic violations. "This would allow speed of communication and making better use of this electronic application to provide a better and safer traffic environment," added Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi.
Adding further, Al Harithi said that encouraging public participation in the efforts to ensure traffic safety is part of the traffic safety comprehensive plan in Abu Dhabi that includes 6 key pillars, known as 6Es+I. It refers to (Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Emergency, Evaluation and Engagement). – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi to have 150 new no-flash cameras

posted on 21/05/2014

Abu Dhabi traffic police will deploy 150 new infrared cameras at key intersections to hunt for speedsters, red light jumpers and other offenders as part of the emirate's drive to curb accidents on roads, according to a police officer.
The new cameras, which do not flash at offenders, will be installed at traffic lights junctions inside the capital and its outskirts to reinforce existing infrared cameras and other systems controlling main roads, said Captain Ahmed Al Muhairi, traffic safety director at the Abu Dhabi traffic department.
He said such sophisticated cameras, already in operation at some junctions in the city, can catch drivers speeding at the intersections, jumping the red signal, stopping g cars on the pedestrian area inside the junction and illegal change of lanes.
"They are advanced cameras which do not flash at offending vehicles…they are multi-purpose systems which are very accurate and clear,” he told Emarat Al Youm daily.
His figures showed such cameras hunted 8,555 cars which jumped the red lights and committed other offences at intersections in the first four months of this year. – Emirates 24│7 – Read more:


Jail for overtaking on hard shoulder: Abu Dhabi Police

posted on 18/05/2014

Motorists who overtake on hard shoulder will face up to one month in jail, according to Abu Dhabi Police.
Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harthy, Director, Directorate of Traffic and Patrols, Abu Dhabi Police, said, drivers will face severe penalties for overtaking on the hard shoulder.
He said the decision is in accordance with Federal Traffic Law No 21 of 1995. Article 57 stipulates one month imprisonment for such a violation apart from incurring 10 black points – six points for violation of overtaking on the hard shoulder and four points for not giving way for emergency, police and public service vehicles.
Brigadier Al Harthy said , overtaking on the hard shoulder is a dangerous act putting road users' lives at risk.
He stressed that hard shoulder is meant for use during emergencies and accidents and should be always left free for ambulances and other civil defence vehicles.
He added that about 4,930 such violations were recorded by radars and surveillance cameras on Abu Dhabi's internal and external roads in the first four months of this year.
He reminded motorists that cameras in Abu Dhabi city's intersections record hard shoulder overtaking offences, red light jumping, incorrect lane changing, speeding, taking wrong U-turns, etc. – Emirates 24/7 – Read more:


28% reduction in traffic accident deaths in the capital

posted on 12/05/2014

A significant improvement in safety standards across Abu Dhabi roads has been reported during the first quarter of this year in comparison with the same period in 2013, the Ministry of Interior announced yesterday.
The ministry revealed that deaths due to accidents have gone down by 28 per cent while serious injuries have also decreased by 11 per cent during the first three months of this year in comparison with last year.
Brigadier Engineer Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, director of Traffic and Patrol, has also reported that accidents resulting in injuries have gone down by three per cent (from 547 in 2013 to 533 this year). Additionally, the death rate per 10,000 vehicles has decreased by 31 per cent despite an increase of three per cent in the number of vehicles registered during the first quarter of this year in comparison with 2013.
Al Harithi also stated that this year's incidents varied between run-overs, collisions and overturning. Collision accidents killed 33, while 22 people died in run-over accidents. Finally, vehicle overturning killed eight individuals.
The main reasons for these accidents, experts revealed, are not giving pedestrians the priority of road use, sudden swerving, tire explosions, failing to consider road conditions and not leaving a sufficient safety distance.
Around 185 new radars have been installed in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain's internal and external roads since the beginning of this year to limit the dangers on intersections every five kilometres within the framework of an integrated plan for traffic safety.
Excess speeding accounted for 85 per cent of all tickets given out to motorists by officers on the field, as a total of 1469 vehicles travelling over 200 km/h were apprehended.
Wednesdays and Thursdays witness the greatest number of accidents as 17 per cent of all incidents took place on those days. Meanwhile, Sundays accounted for around 16 per cent, Saturdays and Fridays 15 per cent, Mondays 11 per cent and Tuesdays 10 per cent.
The most common time for accidents to occur is between 8am and 4pm, the ministry stated, and the amount of violations committed during that time also increases.
Those between the ages of 18-30 accounted for around 46 per cent of all accidents and 52 per cent of those were Emiratis. Meanwhile, this age group received 39 per cent of all face-to-face violations with half of these individuals being Emiratis. – Gulf News – Read more:


185 new radars installed on Abu Dhabi roads

posted on 11/05/2014

A total of 185 new radars have been installed on internal and external roads across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Police announced in a statement sent on Saturday.
The radars were installed in Abu Dhabi city and Al Ain during the first three months of 2014 as part of an effort to detect speeding motorists as well as those who jump red lights, the statement added.
The installation of new technologies, such as radars and cameras at signalised intersections, is being undertaken to ensure traffic safety and reduce the number of road traffic fatalities to zero by 2030, said Colonel Khalifa Al Khaili, director of traffic engineering and road safety at the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate.
"The radars can detect speeding motorists on all lanes and in both directions of a road. In addition, they will help us monitor other traffic violations, including not leaving enough space between vehicles and driving on the hard shoulder,” Colonel Al Khaili said.
The official explained that the aim is to promote better compliance with road safety regulations. Motorists who fail to adhere to traffic laws risk their own safety as well as that of other road users, he added.
According to police statistics, speeding constituted nearly 79 per cent of traffic violations in the first quarter of the year. In 2013, 15 per cent of all road traffic accidents were caused by speeding motorists.
The sites for the radars have therefore been selected based on the areas which see a greater rate of traffic accidents and violations.
Colonel Al Khaili urged all motorists to adhere to traffic rules for their own safety, and not just to avoid detection by the radars. Drivers must pay attention to road signs and stay a safe distance away from other vehicles, he said.
During the first two months of the year, a total of 3,964 motorists were also caught running red lights. These violations were detected with the use of newly installed flash-less infrared cameras at signalised intersections, the police announced earlier. To reduce such violations, the directorate is therefore installing infrared cameras at 150 intersections in the emirate. – Gulf News – Read more: