Muscat: Speed radars on the roads are correctly programmed, despite rumours that they are not, Brigadier General Eng. Mohammed bin Awadh Al Rawas, Director of Traffic of Royal Oman Police (ROP) said in an interview with an evening news bulletin on Oman TV on Tuesday.
Al Ruwas denied rumours that speed radars are inconsistently programmed, for example that the maximum speed allowed on a road is 80 km/h, but the radar is set on 60 km/h.
“We install the radars according to the international rules and regulations. Speeding is a threat to society and with the help of the people, we hope that they will drive at a lawful speed,” he said.
According to Al Ruwas, radars installed on the roads are not there to deter drivers, but to safeguard the traffic. He said that those who abide by the right speed should not constantly keep an eye on these radars. He added that those who think mobile radars result in more violations than fixed radars, are wrong.
“We stress that the fixed radars record more violations than mobile radars, despite some thinking the opposite,” he said.
He said that radars have shown positive results and have led to a decrease of severe violations recorded on the roads.
“We are seeing that the statistics are a lot better than they were. We treat violators as our sons and we have to safeguard their security and the security of others,” AL Ruwas said.
According to a senior official at the ROP, severe violations include running red traffic lights, speeding and reckless driving.
“After recent implementation of measures, the ROP, in cooperation with the people, has recorded a decrease in the number of these violations,” he told the Times of Oman.
According to the official, speeding was the violation that decreased the most.
He said that most recorded violations were speeding, using phones while driving and not using seat belts.