The Abu Dhabi Corniche.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – A smart system has been recently implemented to automatically reduce speed limits on Abu Dhabi roads and highways during heavy fog, rain or adverse weather conditions.
The Traffic Safety Committee recently announced the implementation of the intelligent system.
Traffic authorities said that when road visibility drops to less than 200 meters, the speed limit on roads will be reduced to 80km/hour.
“The modified speeds on the roads are determined according to the traffic safety during adverse weather,” according to the Department of Transport-Abu Dhabi (DOT).
Smart towers installed on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway, and Sheikh Khalifa Street (Al Saadiyat) will display the modified speed limits.
“All vehicles should follow the announced speed limits until the visibility is clear and return to the regular speed limit signs,” according to DOT.
Roads without smart towers installed will have a fixed speed sign with a traffic light installed to notify motorists of the reduced speed limit of 80km/hour.
The authority said that road radars will also be adjusted to catch speedsters.
The smart towers will have visibility sensors for the weather, which will also be monitored using channels like the National Center of Meteorology. GAD/Expat Media
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