(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai Police have installed 700 radars and you will spot them almost everywhere. While we all l know that if you overspeed or jump a red signal near a radar, you will get a fine, do you know what else can a radar catch?
Radars are either installed at traffic signals or on streets to detect speed. The ones at the signals can detect if you're jumping a red signal, taking a wrong turn, an illegal U-turn, overspeeding or if you're violating the yellow box. The other radars are used to spot overspeeding cars.
While the radars on highways can capture only photos, those at signals can capture videos.
Colonel Engineer Mohammed Ali Karam, Director of Traffic Enforcement Technologies, Traffic Police Department, said, "Through our system we can remotely monitor the radars. We know exactly how many violations have been made near every radar, how many cars have passed and what were their speeds."
"The radars are capable of monitoring six lanes, plus two hard shoulders, simultaneously, even if a car gets hidden behind a truck. Radars can differentiate between a light and a heavy vehicle. Also, they are capable of monitoring carswithin a distance of 200 meters. If a car is speeding, the photo iscaptured in the last 70 meters," he added.
Whenever there are huge laps between two radars, Dubai Police use mobile units to control the vehicles.
"Many motorists know the location of the radars and they slow down based on the location. We have no objection that people know the location. Some even know exactly where the radars are placed. We just want them to maintain the same speed. If they keep accelerating and decelerating, they will burn more fuel and harm their own car," he added.
When asked about what he thought about the traffic fines being too high, he said, "I agree. The fines are high so you should do the necessary to avoid traffic violation."
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Nilanjana Gupta As a multimedia journalist, I consider it a privilege to tell the stories of people in the UAE and allow the world to meet the people with whom their paths may never cross. I am a graduate of the Broadcast and Digital Journalism master's programme at Syracuse University in New York. Prior to joining Khaleej Times, I interned with Al Jazeera English in Washington DC and worked as a senior news desk editor with CNN-IBN in Delhi.