New Abu Dhabi smart gates to go live on Sunday

Located along Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road, the gates will display speed restrictions and warnings during bad weather

Smart gates to monitor traffic violations and weather conditions will be activated along the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain road on Sunday. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police
Smart gates to monitor traffic violations and weather conditions will be activated along the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain road on Sunday. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police

Smart gates to monitor traffic violations and weather conditions will be activated along the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain road on Sunday.

Equipped with radars and sensors, the new smart gates have been introduced along the busy road in an effort to reduce traffic accidents in the emirate.

Directly connected to the Abu Dhabi Police control centre, the gates will be able to display speed restrictions and warnings to motorists during bouts of bad weather.

Police said live weather information would be sent to the control room so that officers could adjust speed limits and feed real-time advisories to road users during hazardous conditions, including heavy rain and fog.

They urged drivers to adhere to the temporary speed restrictions displayed on the screens and said radars have been installed to record a number of traffic violations, from excessive speeding to expired licence plates and unauthorised heavy vehicles.

Police said the new gates would be able to detect offences related to illegal parking on the hard shoulder and tail-gating too.

Drivers were also encouraged to abide by the advisory messages broadcast on the message boards and follow alerts issued by Abu Dhabi Police on social media.

“Smart gates [aim] to reduce traffic accidents and enhance traffic safety for drivers and road users,” said police on Friday.

The authority added that motorists caught driving with an expired licence would face a Dh500 fine, four black points, and their vehicle would be impounded for seven days.

Updated: March 6, 2020 05:02 PM

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