Wednesday, April 05, 2006

We've got no chance!

A 17 year old was killed crossing the road on his way home from school.

A report in Emirates Today quoting the fathers of the boy and the driver shows the mindset we're dealing with.

The dead boy's father said: "I lost my son because of a mistake by 16 year old reckless driver who was driving at very high speed."

The driver's father said: My son was driving his car on Al Khawaneej Road where speed limit is 100kph and I think the driver has a right to drive at 120kph."

Has a right? Has a right!! To break the law?

I would have thought it's stating the bleedin' obvious to say that a 16 year old shouldn't be driving in the first place and he shouldn't be exceeding the speed limit. Very stupid of me to think that, I know.

Oh, and the story is alongside another about the suspected drunk who lost control of his car and ploughed into four men standing enjoying a snack and a chat at the side of the road. And a cyclist killed by another 'driver' who lost control while he was fiddling with his side mirrors.

I'm just sitting here shaking my head in despair...

4 comments:

trailingspouse said...

Reading your blog from yesterday, it seems we have one step forward and 3 steps back!

Seabee said...

I was thinking that myself!

There was also a story that they're talking about adding to the 32 patrols, and also that since they started on Sunday 1,037 fines have been issued and 36 cars have been impounded.

If they can just keep up the pressure - and keep taking the cars away...

moryarti said...

Its a shame really, but i am glad its all coming out on the surface -People need to know how bad it is out there

roadworrier said...

On a recent visit to Saudi - I saw something I had never seen anywhere. Regular checkpoints every 10 km or so - 1 lane is closed on each side, they let 2 vehicles through at a time, slowly. Unless your plate matches up with video speeding camera a few km back. In which case, your car is taken onto one of 5 waiting flatbed trucks and you are taken to one of 5 waiting police cars. Your car is impounded and you get to spend a night in a Saudi jail. Good thing they don't chop your hands off. Do ya think DXB has the stomach for that kind of enforcement? It does keep drivers under control....