Over-speeding is a common dilemma in Saudi Arabia. If you conduct a survey, I think you will find more than 50% drivers are fined for over-speeding in Saudi Arabia. 95% drivers will accept that they do over-speeding on highways.[irp]
Over-speeding is very dangerous. It does not only put your life at stake but also endangers the life of other people on road. In Saudi Arabia, 19 people die due to road accidents every day and most of the times reason is over-speeding.
Saudi Traffic Police takes strict actions against the culprits of over-speeding. Saher cameras are placed on almost every main road in the main cities of Saudi Arabia to detect over-speeding of vehicles. The fine for over-speeding varies according to the speed. The details of fines due to over-speeding are given below.
1-We have heard from different sources that there is a grace speed of 10% of the maximum allowed speed. Let’s say, if the maximum speed on a road is 90 kph, Saher camera will not flash up to 99 kph. In case the maximum speed is 120 kph, Saher camera will not flash by 132 kph.
2-There is a fine of SR 300 to SR 500 if you exceed the maximum speed limit by less than 25 kph. Let’s say, if the maximum speed limit is 100 kph and Saher camera flashes as you are driving at 125 kph, you are most likely to be fined with SR 300. However, if you repeatedly violate the speed rule, they might fine you with SR 500.
3-There is a fine of SR 500 to SR 900 if you exceed the maximum speed limit by more than 25 kph. Let’s say, if the maximum speed limit is 100 kph and Saher camera flashes as you are driving at 135 kph, you are most likely to be fined with SR 500. However, if you repeatedly violate the speed rule, they might fine you with SR 900. Source: Arab News
4-If drivers exceed 160 kph speed, licenses are suspended and they are taken to court. Punishments include detention and even withdrawal of license in case of repeat offenses. It is also communicated that the driver will be notified 3 times through SMS and will be asked to report to the traffic police.
5-If the driver does not report to the traffic police even after 3rd SMS, his driving license will be suspended until the time he reports to the traffic police department. Once he reports to the police, he will have to pay fine along with imprisonment to be decided by the court. Source: Arab News