Digital speed cameras for Dubai highways
UAE newspaper Gulf News reports that Dubai Police plans to install a speed camera every two kilometres on major highways. More details about the new digital speed cameras have emerged.
The paper quotes a senior police official, saying 30 radars on Shaikh Zayed Road, 22 radars on Dubai-Al Ain Road, 17 radars on Dubai-Hatta Road, 10 radars on Emirates Road, 5 radars on Al Khail Road and 5 radars on Business Bay Bridge will be installed.
Unlike the outdated film-based cameras currently installed, the new ones are Sensys SSS models and seem to be replacing every speed radar in the city. Contrary to popular belief, the new ones really are supposed to flash. If they currently aren’t flashing, then they haven’t been activated yet. However, they are only supposed to flash at night and in low light, and not in the morning, but we’ve actually seen them flash in the morning.
Also, the Sensys brochure on the internet states that these new cameras work by tracking a car from 150 metres away, and monitors its speed to judge how fast it is going. So braking just in front of the camera won’t work any more. They also monitor cars on both directions of the highway, and can track cars and trucks separately, on all lanes. They are also apparently linked to the police control room, and can take a clear photo of the driver, so expect fines if you talking on the phone while speeding. Also, undercover cars with mobile video cameras and radars are already on the streets. Good luck dodging Big Brother.