Dubai Police implements 5-metre safe distance for anti-tailgating law
The recently-publicised distance-tracking radars on Dubai’s highways went online today to photograph tailgating behaviour by motorists who do not keep a mandatory minimum 5-metre space between vehicles when travelling over 80kph.
Gulf News says the new radars are fitted within the grey tube-shaped Vitronic radars that you may have seen in parts of Dubai before. Earlier, they used to only catch speeders on multiple lanes, but apparently now they will detect tailgating as well.
Cars travelling under 80 kph, for example in a traffic jam, will not be required to keep the safe distance. A 5-metre gap is about one car-length.
Last year, Dubai Police apparently issued 69,964 fines for tailgating and another 19,975 so far this year. There are also undercover as well as marked police cars keeping track of violators.
The newspaper also says that the minimum-distance rule should be 40 metres instead, as in Western countries, which is a massive 8 car-lengths, but that’s only if you want to come to a complete stop in front of a fixed brick wall.
While we agree that the longer the better, in a cluttered highway with aggressive heroes ready to cut in, we’re pretty sure you won’t leave that much of a gap, but we’d say keep at least 20 metres, or 4 car-lengths at 100 kph, as long as you’re paying attention to the road and not browsing the net on your smartphone. Also, if you’re at the receiving end of a tailgater, just move over when it’s safe to do so. You don’t need the headache.