Dubai is to clamp down on speeding motorists with prosecutions, hefty fines and the impounding of cars for drivers who endanger life, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Monday, citing a senior cop.
Anyone speeding at 200 km per hour or more - the maximum speed limit on major highways is 120km/h – will face a fine of AED1,000 ($272), the confiscation of their car for two months and their case will be sent to the public prosecutor, Major General Mohammad Al Zafein, Director of the Traffic Department at Dubai Police said.
While the national speed limit is 120km/h, speed check cameras on the major highways are triggered when vehicles pass at more than 140km/h.
DROP IN FATALITIES
The news comes just days after the UAE’s Ministry of Interior released the road accident statistics for 2012 that showed a 13.62% drop in fatalities compared to 2011 from 727 to 628.
The figures also revealed a 3.7% drop in accidents from 6,700 to 6,454, for the same period. Meanwhile, the number of people injured dropped by 2.8% from 7,808 in 2011 to 7,586 in 2012.
As part of the crackdown, police will stop any vehicle seen travelling at 160km/h, Al Zafein was quoted as saying in Gulf News.
He said: “Motorist driving at speeds exceeding the limit by 60 km/h would also be stopped by police patrols and the vehicles will be impounded in addition to fines and prosecution.”