RTA mulls introducing flashing green signals

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Dubai, Sep 27 (UNI) In the wake of increasing road accidents, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is now exploring the possibility of introducing Flashing Green Signal System in different parts of the emirate.

The number of road mishaps in the Jumeirah area came down by 54 per cent as a result of the system introduced there on a trial basis in August, Kahleej times reported Senior RTA official as saying.

CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency,RTA Maitha bin Adai said, ''This will lead to a reduction in traffic accidents at intersections caused by not following the red signal. Following the success achieved on Jumeirah and Al Saffoh roads, RTA is exploring the possibility of introducing the system in the remaining areas of Dubai.'' The number of offences reported on Jumeirah road in August dropped to 983 from 1,812 offences in July, she added.

Under the Flashing Green Signal system, the signal changes from the constant green colour to the flashing green colour and then moves to the amber colour followed by the red one. At the end of the period specified for the green signal, the signal flashes three times as a cautionary notice. This gives the driver time to make a decision whether to proceed or stop.

This system is widely used in many countries reputed for advanced traffic systems. Introduction the system in Dubai is part of the ongoing efforts of the RTA to ensure traffic safety.

Most of the accidents taking place at intersections are attributed to jumping of the lights where motorists sometimes have to take a quick decision.

UNI

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