Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The big crash - the fog dunnit.

"Fog and low visibility were identified as the main causes of the accident."

So says the story in Gulf News, reporting from Abu Dhbai Police's press conference.

The fog drove vehicles in to other vehicles. The fog was not paying attention. The fog was on the mobile phone. The fog was speeding. The fog was too close to the vehicle in front. The bloody fog chased emergency vehicles along the hard shoulder.

The fog.

COME ON!!

The first, vital, step in solving a problem is to identify the problem accurately and honestly.

If you don't do that you cannot solve the problem. Solving it is impossible.

The cause of the crash was driver incompetence. Nothing else.

Driving standards are bad enough as it is, without official announcements that drivers are not to blame for crashes.

Now all the people who were actually resposible for the death and destruction can go on believing they were not at fault, that they have no behaviour to change, that they can go on endangering others by their incompetent, dangerous, brainless driving.

They have official exoneration.


Read it here.

3 comments:

Keefieboy said...

Sheesh! Naughty fog.

Jad Aoun said...

Aren't they also contemplating closing the road during similar conditions to prevent another accident? Once again blame the accident on the weather and not the drivers.

Seabee said...

Yes, the AD police did say they were considering closing that road in any future heavy fog, but they gave no details of how they would inform motorists, what they would do about diversions etc. Maybe it was just a knee-jerk response to the crash.