Dubai Traffic Police chief: Slow drivers in the fast lane risk a fine

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By Noorhan Barakat, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Motorists who drive slow in the fast lane of the highway, posing a threat to themselves and to the lives of others, can be fined even if they are driving over the minimum speed limit, the Director of Dubai Traffic Police has warned.

“What many people do not know is that if the maximum speed of the road is 120km/h and the minimum is 60km/h, this means that the speed on the lane on the extreme right is 60km/h and the next lane’s speed will be 70km/h and so on until you reach the fast lane,” said Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Dubai Traffic Police.

People wanting to drive at lower speeds should keep to the slower lanes but most do not follow this rule and even drive at the minimum speed in the fast lane.

Many rear-ending accidents are caused by large differences in speed between vehicles on the road, Col Al Mazroui said. “A vehicle that is moving fast on the road suddenly encounters a vehicle going much slower and hits it because the brakes can’t stop the car in time.” More info