The chief of Dubai Traffic Police has called for a reduction on speed limits across the emirate.

The limit should be reduced by 10kph, Maj Gen Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen said, after recent figures released by Dubai Police showed that nearly two-thirds of the 1.2 million traffic violations logged during the first seven months of this year were down to speeding.

The Maj said that any plan to reduce the speed limit should be welcomed, after a similar initiative in Abu Dhabi – where the buffer on motorways was reduced to 20kph – resulted in a reduction in speeding violations.

“Lowering the buffer over speed limits will lead to fewer accidents,” Maj Gen Al Zafeen said, according to The National’s Arabic-language sister paper, Al Ittihad.

Maj Al Zafeen added that there was a decrease in bus and taxi accidents in Dubai after the buffer over speed limits for these specific vehicles was reduced.

“Ninety per cent of traffic accidents occur because of excess speed,” he said.

The official argued that “speeding costs society dearly in terms of human capital”, underlining the fact that the majority of speeders are aged between 18 and 36.

Motorists in Dubai committed 695,521 speeding offences from the beginning of the year until July, accounting for 63 per cent of the total number of traffic violations recorded.

Jumping a red light accounted for 8,733 violations.