Of identity cards, accidents and illegal immigrants

THE latest victim of a fatal road accident, a young unidentified Asian, in Al Rashidiya earlier this month, brings back in focus the worrying problem of such hit-and-run accidents — often involving speeding and reckless drivers. But to be fair, pedestrians are also to blame for crossing roads carelessly, not bothering always to use the zebra-line as common sense would dictate.

By (The Monitor)

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Published: Mon 27 Mar 2006, 10:34 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

What adds to the problem and the tragedy in such cases is the fact that expatriates often fail to keep their identification cards or papers on their person — thus making it extremely difficult for law-enforcement authorities to identify the victim and investigate the case.

However, irrespective of this lapse, it is callous and inhuman on the part of the runaway culprit not to aid and assist an accident victim. The only comfort is that our police is efficient and diligent enough to catch and bring the culprit to justice, regardless of how long it takes.

The proposed government identity cards scheme, which will make it mandatory for all UAE residents (Emiratis and expatriates) will contribute towards resolving many such problems, besides curbing crime.

But before the project materialises and becomes mandatory the authorities concerned should launch an extensive crackdown on illegal immigrants, for often it has been noticed it is these people who are involved in many criminal activities.



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