The recent reports of the high fatality and injury rate on Fujairah roads point to a catastrophe and this in a country where drunken driving is not the major contributor.
Traffic education happens primarily before drivers get their license and this is supplemented by some publicity during the annual National Campaign for Traffic Safety Awareness week.
In a country that has the highest number of cars in the world but also the dubious record for the highest number of traffic injuries on the globe it is crucial that there be ongoing compulsory education for all drivers.
The Khaleej Times article (13 April 2008) citing the 745 accidents on Fujairah roads in this last month said that high speeds and the failure to wear safety belts were major factors for the carnage.
The implementation of speed cameras and the raising of fines and demerit points have provided some deterrence but what is needed is regular education.
A compulsory, ongoing education for drivers must give urgent attention to these issues:
* Tailgating (in the tailgating capital of the world)
* Seat belt wearing and the In ša’ Allāh (إن شاء الله) factor
* Pedestrian Crossings (the most dangerous places in the UAE)
* Stop Signs (these are not Give Way signs)
Dr. Geoff Pound
Image: “High speeds…major factor.”