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Dh800 traffic fine: How Dubai Police cameras and radars detect phone use while driving – News

Some motorists only learn when a tragedy occurs, says an officer as he reports the crime that has claimed 6 lives in 8 months.



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Published: Tue Oct 10, 2023, 6:00 am

Last update: Tue Oct 10, 2023, 8:39 am

Motorists who use phones while driving in Dubai can often be seen lowering their devices when they see police cars or officers. However, it is not just the officers who sanction traffic violations in Dubai.

Dubai Police uses technology, radars and surveillance cameras to detect and fine violators. A video that police recently shared shows how cameras automatically detect phone use while behind the wheel. AI-powered eyes zoom in on drivers who use their devices whether to chat, text, or browse social media. The video shows offenders caught at junctions, curves and junctions.

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Contrary to popular belief, radars in Dubai do not only detect speeding violations. In 2020, police deployed smart radars that can detect mobile phone use, illegal lane changes, and failure to wear a seat belt, among other traffic violations.

Using the phone while driving is punishable by a fine of 800 dirhams and four black points on the driving license.

Dubai Police have launched multiple awareness campaigns highlighting how dangerous and annoying phone use can be. Police have shared images of incidents in which the practice has led to serious “accidents, incapacitations or even deaths,” a senior official said.

“Unfortunately, some only learn when a tragedy occurs,” said Maj. Gen. Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the General Department of Traffic. “A momentary loss of concentration while checking social media or texting can have devastating consequences.”

Six people died in 99 accidents caused by this practice during the last eight months. Police recorded 35,527 rapes during this period.

According to Dubai Police, the main causes of fatal accidents in recent years include failure to give priority to other road users, sudden swerving, failure to maintain a safe distance and speeding. “Distraction due to cell phone use is a common factor in the majority of these incidents,” police said.



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