Reconciliation with Saher


SAHER is an automated system that controls traffic using a digital network of cameras connected to the information center. The system verifies the technical violation and then issues it after confirmation to improve the level of traffic safety. The system has succeeded relatively in imposing its prestige on some roads in some cities and contributed to reducing road accidents, by setting and monitoring maximum speed on some roads where the system exists, in addition to respecting traffic signals rules.

Like other systems, Saher has its pros and cons. The authority of Saher contributed to hindering the mobility of ambulances and fire trucks. Some drivers do not allow these cars to bypass traffic signs for fear of getting a violation ticket. The speed of traffic on some roads has become unclear. Some roads have a maximum speed of 80 km and suddenly the speed turns to 100 and sometimes 90. On some roads, one almost never finds the signs that determine the maximum speed, which makes some drivers drive to the maximum speed in fear of exceeding it and getting a violation ticket and a fine through Saher.

Last year the Shoura (Consultative) Council approved the addition of a system to the traffic system, calling for adoption of technical regulations to calibrate automated monitoring devices and the like to ensure that violations are recorded in precise technical ways and ensure their efficiency and prevent technical errors. The new system will be assigned to a neutral body that performs periodic examination on a continuous basis to ensure the work of automated monitoring devices and the like according to international standards. We often find at some intersections dysfunctional cameras that never capture violations and others that capture violations even when the driver is following the rules. Sometimes this happens as a result of an accident or fault in one of the cars or traffic congestion, however, the violation is recorded and the fine is sent. When the driver tries to follow-up and validate that he didn't commit any violations, the procedure followed is to pay first and then claim an objection. We do not yet know how many violations were intercepted in Saher and abolished.

Over the past seven years, our society has begun to adapt to the Saher system and abide by its regulations and know its benefits. However, not addressing its negative aspects, especially its technical failures, overshadows the relationship with Saher and keeps a state of boredom and anger on the system. We need to reconcile with Saher including compliance with its laws and address the failures and review the inaccurate violations.