UAE traffic cops hit out at speed cam mobile apps
Official said devices, which warn of nearby cameras, lead to “serious traffic accidents”
UAE traffic police have hit out at the use of mobile phone applications which warn drivers in advance when they are approaching speed cameras, claiming they contribute to dangerous driving.
The Director of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Ghaith Al Zaabi, issued a warning against the use of applications on mobile phones and smartphones that monitor speed cameras, according to Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm.
"This leads to serious traffic accidents and threatens the lives of drivers," he was quoted as saying.
An unnamed motorist claimed there was "a growing demand from drivers, especially young people, to use these programs/apps on mobile phones and tablet, as it alerts them while driving to the whereabouts of the radar speed cameras and red lights before approaching them."
The warning comes as it a recent survey revealed speeding is the single biggest traffic safety concern for UAE motorists.
The study, which polled 1,350 drivers across the country, found that the majority would welcome an increased use of unmarked police vehicles to curb the problem.
The UAE has increased the number of fixed and mobile speed traps or cameras on the roads in an attempt to reduce accidents.