Wednesday 25 April 2012: Speed
As you cross from the Emirate of Dubai into Abu Dhabi, the speed limit changes from 120km/h to 140km/h...or does is?
A year ago the cameras (and police tolerance) were set at 160km/h; so everybody as soon as they crossed the border put their foot down. This was reduced to 140km/h, however the legal speed limit on the E11 remains at 120kph, and this is the 'recommended' speed.
The National reports that "Many people get confused and think the speed limit is 140kph so the de facto limit goes up by 20kph," said Simon Labbett, regional director of the Transport Research Laboratory. "Ideally, in a safe road environment, you want everybody travelling at the same speed. When the spread of vehicle speeds are substantially different that's when people start bumping into each other.
"International best practice is that you do not advertise the actual speed at which the cameras are triggered," Mr Hughes said. "The message it gives to drivers is that it's OK to travel faster than the speed limit. It encourages a general disregard for the speed limit."
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