DUBAI – Motorists will soon see a new sight on Dubai roads. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) decided to color roads in “Red” showing the road’s speed limit.
“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 offenses and accidents resulting from over speeding as per RTA’s vision of ‘Safe and Smooth Transport for All’,” Engr. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said.
The move has been implemented in Oud Metha, near Bu Kadrah Interchange, along the extension of Dubai Al Ain Street. The speed limit has also been reduced from 100 kilometers per hour (km/h) to 80 km/h.
The Traffic Safety Strategy aims to have zero fatalities in the Emirate. RTA then proposed and implemented the new move to embark on the goal.
The proposal will have all vehicle lanes painted in red with triangular markings on both sides of the lane dividers, displaying the speed limit on each lane, to further warn motorists from speeding by reducing their speed and to abide the speed limits.
Commenting on its first road implementation, Adai said that the chosen location was experimental and that the idea would soon be implemented to other locations such as Sheikh Zayed Road near the fifth interchange and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road near Lehbab.
The speed at both locations has been reduced from 120 km/h to 100km/h to prevent motorists from speeding and getting into accidents.
“The various development projects launched and implemented by RTA since inception have contributed effectively to decreasing the number of traffic accidents deaths by as much as 50%. Traffic fatalities [went] down from 332 in 2006 to 166 in 2015, and mortality rate went down from 21.7 deaths per 100,000 peoples in 2006 to 3.5 per 100,000 peoples in 2016. These statistics placed Dubai among the top five cities in the world in the traffic safety,” the official stated.
The three key elements of RTA’s traffic safety plans are the drivers, vehicles, and roads. Changing speed limit is already part of the authority’s safety plan as excessive speed causes 80 percent of severe traffic accidents.
Therefore, Adai mentioned that improving roads and alerting motorists to be more attentive on the road can prevent them from getting caught by radars.
“According to the engineering specifications stated in the Traffic Control Devices Manual, the proposal had been developed for coloring asphalt in red at a distance sufficient for motorists to lower their speed gradually without obliging them to apply brakes suddenly. We anticipate this course of action would contribute to cutting the number of successive accidents. Similar actions taken previously had contributed to reducing the number of traffic deaths on key streets and highways witnessing the largest traffic accidents in the Emirate,” she added.
Traffic fatalities on Sheikh Zayed Road dropped from 17 in 2015 to 10 deaths in 2016 while in Dubai-Al Ain Road has dropped from 10 in 2015 to eight in 2016.
RTA urged all motorists to observe the new road markings and abide by the new specified speed limits ensuring their safety, and embodying RTA’s vision of ‘Safe and Smooth Transport for All’.