RTA and Dubai Police step up traffic safety and flow in the emirate

large 2294750167397898912Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, held a coordinative meeting at the RTA premises in Dubai

The meeting, which was a follow-up of the Executive Plan of the Five-Year Traffic Safety Strategy 2017-2021, discussed boosting joint efforts to improve the security and safety of roads and public transit means in Dubai.

For the first time in the MENA region and South Asia, the meeting reviewed preparations for Dubai hosting Expo 2020. Discussions focused on the secure movement of both exhibitors and visitors at the venue and traffic solutions developed by RTA to ensure safe and smooth mobility for all.

RTA’s plan is highlighted by the Route 2020 project for the extension of the red metro line, a wide network of roads leading to the Expo site, improved mass transit routes and systems, and the deployment of taxis along with their associated parking spaces to ensure streamlined movement.

The two parties discussed several projects, including the “Oyoon” project developed with several partners to use smart security systems. In addition to being able to anticipate incidents before they occur, it uses artificial intelligence to prevent crime, reduce traffic fatalities, monitor negative practices in residential, commercial and vital spots, and take immediate response to accidents before reports are filed.

Projects also include a school security programme aimed at upgrading school safety and security systems. They also discussed improved traffic safety in school zones and intensified awareness campaigns in the lead-up to the new academic year 2019-2020.

Discussions also included boosting traffic safety on internal roads and highways and calling for more stringent measures to be taken on reckless drivers and enforcing the law against trucks parked on road shoulder or under bridges by removing them for the safety of road users.

The meeting discussed enhancing driving training programs by adding the training on using the Dubai Police smart app to document and generate traffic reports of minor accidents that do not require police interference and clearance of vehicles. The step will ensure smooth traffic flow and fend off potential secondary accidents that may be triggered by sudden traffic congestion.

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