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Posted On: 9 March 2015 04:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Speed cut reduced accidents

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The controversial move by the traffic authorities reducing the speed limit on February 22 Street from 100 kmph to 80 kmph has helped reduce traffic accidents on this key artery, a senior official has said yesterday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the GCC Traffic Week which opened at Darb Al Sai yesterday, Brig Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, director of the Traffic Department said that the decision was based on a recommendation of the special committee set up to tackle traffic congestions.

The idea behind the proposal was to facilitate entry of vehicles to the main road from the service roads. Earlier it was risky for motorists coming from various service roads linked to the street to enter the main road due to high speed of the vehicles moving on the highway.

He said the decision has a positive impact on traffic flow and no major accident was reported on the road since then. The official, however, added that the move was only on a trial basis and the original speed limit will be restored when work on the Rayyan road is completed. Al Kharji said mortality rate in traffic accidents in Qatar has declined in general due to the increased public awareness.