New radar is said to be the smallest in the world, and will automatically catch offenders

A tiny, solar powered radar will be installed on school buses to catch drivers who fail to stop for school bus stop signs. 

Dubbed the ‘bat’ radar, it’s the latest technology introduced by Dubai police to assist in catching offenders.

The new device was announced by the Dubai Police at Gitex Technology Week. It will be one of the smallest in the world according to Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the traffic department.

It comes as a move to crack down on motorists who ignore the signal when the bus drivers pick up and drop students off, in a bid to continue to improve road safety.

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In a statement to Gulf News, the traffic department director said that if schools want to use the technology, they simply have to approach the traffic department for it.

The radar will be placed on the top of stop signs, and will then run on a solar powered power bank. Using 3G technology to send data and pictures to the Traffic Department, it will automatically fine any drivers who fail to keep a five metre distance from the buses’ stop sign.

Currently, the fine for a driver who ignores the stop sign on school buses is Dh1,000 and ten traffic points.

The fine for the bus drivers who stop without using the stop sign is Dh500 and six traffic points.

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