The speed limit on Maliha Road, which runs from Sharjah’s waterfront all the way out to Emirates Road, has been lowered from 120 km/h to 100 km/h, Sharjah Police announced this week.
The move comes as Sharjah Police look to curb the number of fatal accidents occurring on the road. The road saw 30 deaths in 2015.
A field study conducted by the police force assessed the current speed limit and deduced that reducing it would result in a decrease in fatal accidents. In particular, the force focused on the stretch linking Al Bada’a Bridge and the exit of Sheikh Khalifa Road.
The new speed limit came into effect on January 1.
According to Sharjah Police, the move comes as it attempts to stay in line with Ministry of Interior targets to reduce road accidents. Speeding, reckless driving and using mobile phones while driving are the most causes of road accident deaths, so the police force is looking to curb speeding on high-risk roads.
“We are focusing on several accident-prone areas, including Maliha Road, Al Dhaid-Sharjah Road, Emirates Road, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Sharjah Ring Road,” said Lieutenant Colonel Dr Ahmad Saeed Al Naour, acting director of the Traffic and Patrol Department at Sharjah Police.
“Cameras on Maliha Road are now set at 100km/h, and will help in curbing speeding and reckless driving.”
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