Improved Traffic Safety Systems in Qatar

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) is set to inaugurate a traffic control room this year to link all the radar and speed cameras across the country, as part of its constant efforts to improve the traffic systems and as part of the National Traffic Safety Strategy.

Brigadier Mohamed Saad al-Kharji, director of the Traffic Department, told Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the proposed control room will make it possible to register the violations automatically and instantly send notifications to the violators.

The new system is meant to replace the current one of collecting the violation records and updating the system manually. The aim is to enhance traffic safety and limit the number of violations and speeding, which would accordingly keep lives and property safer.

Regarding mobile radars, he stressed that the traffic department is keen to announce daily locations of these to notify motorists and exercise more control on the traffic flow.

“The aim is to enhance people’s adherence of the traffic rules and regulations and not to issue violations,” he clarified.

Brigadier al-Kharji expects that the traffic law will see some amendments in the future, including making seat belts mandatory for back seats and raising the fine for using mobile phones while driving.

He added that there has been a drop in incidents of illegal overtaking from the right due to increasing traffic awareness among the people and the fixed or mobile radars installed to spot such violations, besides the presence of traffic patrols on the roads.[GufTimes]

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