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Dubai RTA trialing red-colored asphalt to alert motorists to speed limit changes

As part of its long-term mission to improve traffic safety and reduce fatal accidents, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started coloring the asphalt pavement on streets where there is a change in speed limits.

In line with its policy, and the findings of the Traffic Safety Strategy for zero fatalities in road accidents in the Emirate, the RTA has examined and implemented a proposal on Oud Metha Street, in the sector where the speed limit is reduced from 62mph to 50mph (100km/h to 80km/h). The scheme involves coloring the vehicle lanes with red tarmac, drawing triangular markings on both sides of lane dividers, displaying the speed limit on each vehicle lane, and intensifying the cautionary speed-reduction signs on the specified road sectors.

The experimental road coloring is also due to be implemented on two further roads where the speed limit is reduced from 75mph to 62mph (120km/h to 100km/h). The trials will then be evaluated by the RTA to verify its impact on drivers’ attitudes, as well as whether the procedure has significantly increased compliance with specified speeds, and helped reduce accidents.

The various development projects launched and implemented by the RTA since its inception in 2005, have contributed effectively to decreasing the number of traffic deaths by as much as 50%. Traffic fatalities came down from 332 in 2006 to 166 in 2015, and mortality rate went down from 21.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2006 to 3.5 per 100,000 in 2016, placing Dubai among the top-five cities in the world for traffic safety improvements.






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