Posted on November 12, 2016

The Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) recently hosted a training on “Speed Enforcement and Automated Enforcement Technologies”, aimed to introduce comprehensive methodologies to effectively and economically utilize traffic safety cameras to implement speed and traffic signals laws, and to address the use of these devices as revenue generators and not for road safety improvements.

Organized in collaboration with International Road Federation (IRF), the event brought together experts from CENG, QTTSC, Qatar Ministry of Interior (MoI), and Public Works Authority (Ashghal) to exchange information in policies, strategies and technologies to improve traffic safety in Qatar. The event’s program included presentations delivered by Lyceum College Acting Principal Mr Benjamin Van Rooyen, International Road Federation Senior Advisor Mr Tom Antonissen,  Sensys Gatso Group Middle East General Manager Mr Saman Naziri, and Head of Business Development at Tatweer for Traffic Assets & Systems Operation and Management Mr Ahmed Awad.

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Also on the program were discussion sessions in which participants were briefed on speed management and speed reduction engineering concepts to protect motorists and pedestrians. They were also exposed to multiple  countermeasures related to police operations including traffic science,  offense monitoring and quality control, and activities designed to  maximize the subjective chance of apprehension. Commenting on the event, CENG dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “It is part of CENG’s various programs and activities to engage the wider community on its responsibility to take appropriate safety measures on roads and highways. Road safety is an area of interest in Qatar, and CENG is contributing to raising awareness on the importance of adhering to the principles of road safety towards the fulfillment of Qatar Road Safety Strategy, and in support of the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

QTTSC Assistant Professor Dr Wael Alhajyaseen said: “This course is an opportunity to interact with international experts and exchange views about main developments in speed enforcement and the usage of advanced technologies in offense monitoring. It is one of the main professional training courses in road safety that the Center is providing in coordination with various public and private institutions.”