Reck­less driv­ing, speed­ing kill

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - If we had more time for dis­cus­sion we should prob­a­bly have made a great many more mis­takes.

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

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