Monday, March 12, 2012

Dubai to review all speed limits in safety bid

Dubai's transport authority is planning to review speed limits on all roads over the next two years in a bid to improve safety, an official said on Monday.
, Monday, 5 March 2012 6:04 PM

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of the Licensing Agency, part of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), said speed limits would be assessed and revised if necessary.
The two-year programme comes as the RTA approved a Speed Management Manual which has been compiled by a British consultant.
"The RTA has chalked out a time frame over the next two years for assessing the maximum speed signs fixed all over roads and streets of Dubai Emirate including revising them, if needed," bin Udai said.
"The strategy of road safety in Dubai is a top priority aligned with RTA's vision and therefore every effort is continuously being made to make the roads of the Emirate the safest in the world," she added.
Among the key objectives of the strategy is to curb traffic-related mortalities to bring them in line with the rates of the most developed countries by 2015.
The RTA said it has made good progress as traffic fatalities has fallen from 21.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2007 to 6.7 cases per 100,000 last year.
"Despite the fact the traffic fatality rate in Dubai is better than countries such as Malaysia, South Africa and the United States, the RTA is still aspiring to place Dubai amongst the cities with the least traffic fatalities in the world," said bin Udai.
International studies indicate that increasing the driving speed by up to 5 percent over and above the specified speed limits result in the rate of traffic accidents causing injuries rising by 10 percent and fatalities by 20 percent.
Last month, figures showed the number of people killed on the UAE’s roads fell by 12.8 percent last year compared to 2010.
In 2011, the Interior Ministry’s General Administration of Traffic Co-ordination registered 720 deaths as a result of traffic accidents, down from 826 in 2010.
The total number of traffic accidents in the UAE declined from 7,642 in 2010 to 6,700.

"The instrument used for assessing safe curve speed limits is a ball bank indicator. The angle and buzzer settings reflect the operating speeds of US Federal, State, and local roads and highways, based upon the "Speed Zone Theory" and "85th Percentile Speeds", which is adapted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO); Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and as defined in the Federal and/or State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, (MUTCD). " Skip Gosnell, Rieker Inc.
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