Shock at at­ti­tude of par­ents who walked in front of car

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS... -

Two days ago I was driv­ing along­side Town Cen­tre in Jumeirah, ap­proach­ing the Beach Road. A cou­ple hold­ing hands with their small child of three of four years old crossed the road right in front of me with their backs to me, forc­ing me to brake sharply. I pulled over and pointed out how dan­ger­ous it was for them to put their backs to on­com­ing traf­fic when cross­ing the road. Their re­sponse was that they had seen me com­ing, but “knew I would stop be­cause peo­ple in Dubai usu­ally do”. I asked them what they thought would have hap­pened if I had not been such a care­ful driver, or if I hadn’t seen them, and their an­swer was “we have been in Dubai for eight years, and peo­ple gen­er­ally stop when we walk out into the road”. What a great ex­am­ple to their child. I have been here since 1979 and heard many crazy things about road safety, but this com­ment took some beat­ing. Josephine Dubai

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