Cameras pick up 1,043 speeders

Number of cameras has increased; deaths have decreased.

DUBAI // Speed cameras recorded 1,043 infractions in the past year, which police attributed to a rise in the number of the devices on the emirate's roads.But they did not say whether it was an increase on last year.

Dubai Police has said the number of road deaths fell by 40 per cent in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year because of greater regulation.

Mostafa Al Dah, originally from Dubai but now a researcher in traffic safety at Loughborough University in the UK, said speed cameras had a proven effect in reducing accidents. "Research shows that generally speed cameras have been shown to be a deterrent against speeding," Mr Al Dah said.

"However, in many places people tend to slow down before a speed camera and speed up afterwards.

"Dubai Police have solved this issue by blanketing the roads with speed cameras."

Published: August 13, 2011 04:00 AM