More police patrols on roads will prevent accidents

Filed on November 7, 2019 | Last updated on November 7, 2019 at 11.09 pm

Road accidents don't seem to end despite the strict road laws in place in the UAE. This is a serious matter of concern. Traffic has become a nightmare with no improvement whatsoever. Driving habits here leave much to be desired. Minivans, lorries, commercial vehicles are allowed to use the roads during the peak hours. To add to that, passenger car motorists try and rule the roads. They speed, tailgate, bully, and give a short shrift to their safety and of others. There is no sense of responsibility or thought towards safety of other motorists.

By simply creating awareness things will never change. We need to make changes to the way roads are used. Perhaps, restricted driving hours for heavy vehicles are needed. Also, driving lessons should be mandated for all and use of international licences to drive on the roads of the UAE should not be permitted. Decorum on the road can be ensured when everyone drives as per the UAE traffic laws and ways.

Most of the accidents are caused because of human error. Distracted driving, or blatant disregard for speed limits and rules of the road. We need more policing on the roads.

Having driven for almost 15 years, I am now wondering if I can sell my vehicle and use public transport.

- Mathew Litty, Dubai

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