Roads coloured in red to alert motorists to lower speed

In one of a kind initiative by The Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), it has started coloring asphalt in “Red" in parts of streets subject to change in speed limits, such as Oud Metha Street (near Bu Kadrah Interchange) along the extension of Dubai-Al Ain Street, where the maximum speed limit is reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h.

Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The experiment had been carried out at a certain location of Oud Metha Street near Bu Kadrah Interchange along the Dubai-Al Ain Street. The process involved coloring all lanes in an eye-catching style such that the step would help in inviting the attention of road users to the new speed limit. Asphalt coloring would be implemented in phases at locations subject to speed change in some other vital roads in the emirate of Dubai in a gradual timeframe. Therefore, we expect motorists to get used to it for their own safety, and avoid offences & accidents resulting from over speeding as per RTA’s vision of "Safe and Smooth Transport for All." In line with its policy and findings of the Traffic Safety Strategy for zero fatalities in road accidents of the Emirate, RTA has examined and implemented a proposal on Oud Metha Street in the sector where the speed limit is reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. The proposal involves coloring vehicle lanes in red, drawing triangular markings on both sides of lane dividers, displaying the speed limit on each vehicle lane, and intensifying the cautionary signs for reducing the speed on the specified road sectors.

“It is stressed that this location is experimental, and the idea would then be implemented in the Sheikh Zayed Road near the 5th Interchange where speed is reduced from 120 km/h to 100 km/h. It would also be applied to the Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road near Lehbab where speed is reduced from 120 km/h to 100 km/h so that motorists can avoid over speeding and radar tickets. The experiment would be evaluated to verify its impacts on drivers’ attitudes. It is expected that the procedure would significantly increase compliance with specified speeds and avoid potential accidents,” continued bin Adai.

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