Let­ter about driv­ers ig­nor­ing red light on the Palm sparks dis­cus­sion

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS -

“Hav­ing lived on The Palm I can con­firm that the lights aren’t al­ways the eas­i­est to see - be­cause there is no green light, only flash­ing am­ber and red, it makes it im­pos­si­ble to an­tic­i­pate when the lights will change. It seems to me in­cred­i­ble that they didn’t just put some nor­mal lights up there. As a re­sult the let­ter writer is cor­rect - the lights are an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen, and one sad day some kids will get run over by some­one who just didn’t see them change in time..”

KEVIN SOUTHAM

“Some­times it is pos­si­ble to cross with­out us­ing the pedes­trian light. But then a car in the dis­tance will see you are about to cross and slam on the ac­cel­er­a­tor. So you are forced to hit the light and wait and see if the speed­ing driver catches air from the speed bump or not.”

JOHN MULVEY

“It’s a very wide road and the sig­nals are the sides so very dif­fi­cult to see when you are driv­ing in the mid­dle lanes. The traf­fic sig­nal it­self is very small and low.”

AHMED CHOHAN

“No xcuses....The lights don’t look too small to me... just very im­pa­tient driv­ers who will flout the law to get to their des­ti­na­tion a few sec­onds ear­lier, no mat­ter what the risk to pedes­tri­ans. A red light cam­era, large fines and ve­hi­cle im­pound­ing may make them think twice.”

PETER CASEY

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