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This Emirati never broke a traffic law in nearly 50 years

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on December 24, 2018 | Last updated on December 24, 2018 at 09.01 pm
This Emirati never broke a traffic law in nearly 50 years

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A role model for all drivers on today's roads.

An Emirati man managed to stay on the right side of the road and did not break a single traffic law for almost 50 years.

The 78-year-old senior citizen, Saeed Rashid Ahmed Balhun, strictly observed traffic rules and regulations ever since he obtained his first driver's licence in 1969.

The Ras Al Khaimah police, as part of its tireless effort to encourage well-behaving drivers, boost traffic performance, and curb road accidents showed their appreciation for this model driver.

Brigadier Mohammed Saeed Al Humaid, director general of the central operations room, RAK police, said honouring such persons helps promote the spirit of competition in society "so that all motorists follow the same shiny track".

Balhun obtained his first driver's license in Kuwait.

"It is so important for all drivers to strictly follow traffic rules, as road safety should be their top priority," he added.

Traffic departments nationwide and the ministry of infrastructure development, spare no effort in improving road networks all over the country.

The UAE's roads have topped worldwide rankings for three years in a row.

Traffic laws have also changed over years towards efficiently deterring reckless drivers.

Major Rashid Saeed, Balhun's son, told Khaleej Times that his father used to work in the telecommunications sector in Kuwait.

"We are so proud of our father, and wish him all the best."

He added that his father, based in Shamal area to the north of Ras Al Khaimah, is still driving despite his age.

"He is so kind, disciplined, and punctual," he said. "We learned much from him. He should be registered in the Guinness book  of World Records."   

Young drivers need to follow his example, as so many deadly accidents involve youths.

Less than a month ago, a 24-year-old Emirati biker succumbed to his fatal injuries after his speeding motorbike rammed into a big pick-up vehicle on Rams road opposite the Interlock factory in Ras Al Khaimah.


Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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