Confused reader: I thought flashing blue police lights were for emergency only?
“Agreed. They are clearly a distraction. Should be strictly used in emergency situations only.”
“Generally here in UAE the emergency situation is marked by the siren sound or honks, flashing light is used more in regular situations. This is what I have understood living here for the past 20 years, I may be wrong. Cheers..”
“It’s intentional. From what I have been told it’s designed to intimidate so if anyone is planning anything there’s a flashing car coming their way. Psychologically it does the trick and prevents most people from doing something that is illegal even if it’s getting into a brawl. It puts those people on edge everytime a police car comes hurtling down the road flashing blue lights.”
“I’ve wondered this since I moved to Dubai. In the UK, you move out of the way as soon as you can for emergency vehicles with lights and sirens on. The police seem to use blue lights all the time, so when do other motorists know when they are really on an emergency call so they can act accordingly?”
“I totally agree. Just this week I was getting my car washed in a garage when a police car came in with blue lights flashing. I looked around for the problem only to see the car push in at the front of the queue for petrol! The lights were then switched off!.”