Saudi has new plan to fight traffic crime

WHO says Kingdom has the world's highest number of deaths from road accidents

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Saudi has new plan to fight traffic crime 18 people die on the roads each day in Saudi Arabia.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  April 11, 2010

Saudi Arabia is set to introduce a new electronic traffic control system called Saher to improve road safety in the country.

The World Health Organization revealed the Kingdom has the world’s highest number of deaths from road accidents, which is now the country’s primary cause of death for adult males aged 16 to 36.  According to estimates from a national study, there are 9 million traffic violations in the Kingdom every year with 18 road-related deaths happening in a day. Last year alone, 6,458 people died on the streets of Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom is now deploying a new electronic traffic control system called 'Saher'. The system uses a network of digital cameras to monitor traffic which are linked with the National Information Center at the Ministry of Interior. As soon as a violator's car plate is identified, information about the owner is obtained from the national database and a violation ticket is issued.

The ticket will be mailed to the violator's mailing address registered at the National Information Center, but drivers can also find out if they've been issued fines by visiting the Ministry of Interior website or via SMS if they are an STC or Mobily subscriber.

The new system will be linked with command and control centres located in eight cities around the Kingdom, with cameras installed at major traffic lights and cross roads, according to a statement issued by the Traffic Police Directorate over the weekend. It's expected that Saher will go live "within months".

"This system targets reckless drivers who are dangerous to the safety of others and their lives as well as our country's roads from all nationalities without distinction between nationalities," reads information provided on the Saher website.

* This article has been edited since it was originally published due to issues with translation.

2551 days ago
jbriyadh

I am not proud on the traffic violations now especially on over-speeding, I saw a lot of vehicles travelling especially on riyadh-dammam vice versa dammam-riyadh running around 200/kmph but the urvan van selecting only vehicles want to catch them up!!!!! Urvan Van with Camera press your camera in all vehicles so that the violators will be caught and not only pressing only from 1 times in an hour!!!

2654 days ago
salman shamrani

well ever saher system control the traffic its a really great,but how long that system was running.whenever i drive think so rude y local speed of the road is not increase relate to specific cars ..................

2708 days ago
Ali Hasbini

IT IS GREAT THAT YOU ALL JUMPED TO CORRECT THE WORD, WHEN REALLY THAT DOESNT MATTER MUCH AS ANYONE THAT KNOWS ARABIC KNOWS WHAT THE PUBLISHER IS TRYING TO SAY. AS ARABIC SPEAKING PPL WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS NO DEFINATE RIGHT OR WRONG WAY OF WRITING AND ARABIC WORD IN ENGLISH. ANY WAY THATS NOT MY CONCERN, MY CONCERN IS THAT WETHER WE DEPLOY A MAGICIAN OR A NIGHT WATCHER IN OUR TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS, THAT WONT REALLY HELP WHEN YOU STILL HAVE: - - AROUND 60% OF THE ROADS STILL NOT UP ROAD SAFETY STANDARDS AND PPL IN JEDDAH KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT - UNDER AGE DRIVING - KIDS OF AGE 12 AND SOMETIME LESS DRIVING AROUND BIG CARS WITH OUT ANY DRIVING KNOWLEDGE OR SOCIAL EDUCATION ON WHAT HE COULD BE UP AGAINST - A GENERAL SAFETY DRIVING NEEDS TO BE PUT IN PLACE - AWARENESS TO DRIVING RULES SHOULD BE OBSERVED BEFORE THEY START PENALIZING PPL ON MISTAKES OR BEHAVOUR THAT MOST DRIVERS DONT EVEN FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND THESE ARE ONLY A FEW OF THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE LOOKED AT BEFORE THEY CONCENTRATE ON FANCY MACHINE THAT WILL ONLY ADD FRUSTRATION TO THE PEOPLE. THIS MACHINE ARE HIGHLY APPLICABLE IN PLACES WHERE DRIVING ETHICS AND EDUCATION IS OBSERVED.

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