Opinion and Editorial

KT edit: Time to send a strong message to traffic violators

Filed on November 5, 2019 | Last updated on November 5, 2019 at 08.29 pm

Speeding near a school zone is clearly illegal; slow is the norm but one of the drivers threw the rulebook out the window.

Two avoidable deaths on the road. No, they should not be allowed to become another statistic as we get on with our fast-paced lives. If what we are about to say sounds unpalatable to some, so be it: Flouting the law when police patrols and speed cameras are not watching has become a habit for many motorists and road users. It's time they realise that their behaviour on the roads could spell the difference between life and death. Basics like indicating when changing lanes is not followed because many motorists think it beneath their driving experience and dignity. Speeding near a school zone is clearly illegal; slow is the norm but one of the drivers threw the rulebook out the window.

This infraction took the life of a four-year-old child. Motorists need to be extra cautious while driving near a school zone but the driver failed to heed warning signs in her hurry to drive in and out of the crowded area, only to cause heartbreak. She will live to regret the death as no amount of blood money will bring the child back. The mother of the girl was injured in the accident and is recovering in hospital. In the second case, a teenager who was at the wheel of an SUV lost control of the vehicle which ran over his mother. The boy did not possess a licence but was taking driving lessons, according to a report. He shouldn't have been behind the wheel in the first place, yet there he was and it ended in tragedy.

It's easy to procure a vehicle in the UAE once people pass the driving test; the roads are among the best in the world, and drivers are inclined to speed. Impatience is a constant companion for many who believe they are in control of their vehicles and the many situations that arise on the road. Authorities often urge people to be careful but it's disconcerting that few are listening to their appeals. Fines have been reduced and discounted to make it easier for motorists to pay for past violations. Perhaps it's time to review these traffic fine discounts and act tough against those breaching the rules. It will send out a message to wannabe violators.

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