Reckless driving, speeding kill
Acrackdown by the Dubai Police on speedseekers is a welcome development. Reports say the police have seized around 100 vehicles in the last few days of sting operation against speedsters who were holding illegal races reaching 200mph on highways. Errant driving has become too common among the youth. On the first day of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, more than 250 accidents were recorded in Dubai. Reckless driving and speeding just before Iftar time pose great risks to people’s lives. It is better be late than endanger lives.
It’s a great gesture that hundreds of volunteers in Dubai and other Emirates are out on the roads to serve people with Iftar packs so that they do not resort to tailgating and overspeeding. Road rage is not only against the spirit of the holy month but also leaves behind bitter and tragic experiences. Traffic on the roads of the UAE has increased manifold in the last few years. Transport officials say the number of vehicles in Dubai has doubled during the last eight years, making it a more cars-driven place than New York or London. Which is why the authorities want to shift the focus towards public transport, and motivate people to lessen their dependence on private cars. Nonetheless, speed and irresponsible driving are an issue, which will continue to linger until and unless the person behind the wheel really starts caring for his life - and others too. — Khaleej Times