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Speed cameras in Damascus

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Travel

Speed cameras are being installed along the city’s three main highways: Mezzeh, Adawi and the Airport Road.

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They will take photos of any car driving above the speed limit (60 kilometres per hour) and penalties can be sent directly to the registered owner.

It is hoped the cameras can finally sort out Syria’s terrible speeding problem. Drivers routinely break the speed limit, leading to many deaths on the country’s roads.

It is not clear whether they are even working yet, but they are already having an impact. Many drivers are slowing down because of the fear of being caught.

So even if the cameras never work, they will still end up having the desired effect.

The Damascus speed cameras follow a similar scheme in Aleppo, according to Ahmad Fahad. Speed fines contain a photo of the offending car’s number plate.

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