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Currently active on the main highways, the system will also be expanded to internal roads.

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 6:48 p.m.

Last update: Tue Oct 17, 2023, 23:09

An innovative road alert system designed to warn motorists about inclement weather and accidents has proven effective in saving lives, Abu Dhabi Police told Khaleej Times at the ongoing Gitex Global in Dubai on Tuesday.

Authorities said there have been no deaths or serious injuries since radar-like emergency devices were installed along Abu Dhabi’s main roads eight months ago.

Mohammed AlHosani and Ahmed bin Hadi of Abu Dhabi Police

Mohammed AlHosani and Ahmed bin Hadi of Abu Dhabi Police

The warning system, distributed at an interval of 100 meters in each direction along the E 11 or the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Expressway, is color coded.

“When the red and blue lights flash, it means that a traffic accident is coming. When the yellow light is flashing, all drivers should reduce speed due to inclement weather, such as heavy fog, dust or rain. The smart alert device has four colors, but the fourth is reserved for future use,” said Ahmed bin Hadi of Abu Dhabi Police.

‘If it’s yellow, keep it soft’

“Another important reminder when motorists see the yellow flash is to slow down, as all speed cameras along E-11 will automatically reduce the speed limit to 80 kilometers per hour, from the usual maximum speed of 140 kilometers per hour,” bin Hadi added, noting “Drivers who exceed the speed limit (80 km/h) during adverse weather conditions will receive speeding fines.”

The smart warning system is the latest in a series of road safety measures adopted by Abu Dhabi police since 2018, said Mohammed AlHosani, another police officer. He said security measures that were previously implemented include sending SMS alerts to motorists in Abu Dhabi, installing large screens and barriers, installing radars and cameras to monitor large buses and heavy vehicles that They are not allowed to travel on the roads during bad weather.

The solar-powered, color-coded warning devices were initially installed along E-11, but authorities are currently completing their installation in the Al Dhafra region.

Abu Dhabi’s internal roads will soon have the same warning system for motorists. “Our goal is to improve road safety and save lives,” police officers reiterated.

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