Qatar, April 1, 2017
As many as 64 percent participants in an ongoing online-poll of the Ministry of Interior believe that mobile radars and the prior announcement of their locations are preventing speeding and road accidents.
The recently-launched move of installing mobile radars by the Ministry of Interior to curb speeding and control traffic accidents has not only ensured road safety but also is being welcomed by the residents.
The Ministry of Interior recently introduced mobile cameras on roads across Qatar. The Ministry also said that they would announce on social media as and when they shift the mobile units to other roads or streets in Qatar.
Yesterday, mobile radars were installed at Shamal road, Salwa road, Al Waab road, Central Market Street, Al Wakra road. This exercise is continued for the last few weeks and accordingly announcements are made on Ministry’s social media platforms to alert motorists about mobile radars.
To get residents' feedback on the move, the Ministry asked the people about the effects of prior announcement of locations of these mobile radars in a poll survey on its website with these words: “Do you think that announcing locations of mobile radars will act as a deterrent for over-speeding and road accidents?”
As many as 64% respondents think, according to survey, that this thing will deter speeding and road-accidents while only 36% people have disagreed with the assertion.
Out of total 1,083 people taken part in the poll survey so far, 509 (47%) totally agree with the assertion that the move would deter speeding and road accidents, 179 (17%) agree with the statement to some extent while 395 (36%) disagree with it. The poll survey will continue until May 31, 2017. “Mobile radars are considered as the most important tools used in traffic environments to control and regulate the traffic safety and flow, where it plays a big role in monitoring road traffic and controlling the motorists from violating traffic rules especially speed limits as it is the main cause of most of the road accidents,” the Ministry of Interior writes on the website while initiating discussion on the same issue.
Brig Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Director-General of the Traffic Department recently told The Peninsula that mobile radars were contributing to a significant decrease in traffic accidents, both minor and major.
“Statistics are proving this fact and we hope road accidents will drop significantly this year. We alert people about mobile radars through ministry’s social media pages as it saves people’s lives and properties,” he added.
Al Khajri said that the department was announcing the locations of mobile radars as it did not believe in collecting money rather wanted to save motorists from accidents.