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Abu Dhabi Police launch pedestrian safety drive
150 killed and almost 1000 run over last year
I am always amazed to see how motorists can behave here. Many will not stop to let a pedestrian cross the road, but they will stop 10 meters after because there is another car stopped in front. How people can be selfish and have absolutely no empathy for other people is absolutely staggering here. When hitting a pedestrian, many drivers will first worry about possible scratch on their car.
Chris, Dubai, France
Similar accident happened for me at the T-junction before a hypermarket. When the signal went green I was supposed to take left, suddenly one guy jumped in front of my car. I put brake with full force and the vehicle stopped, but the cars behind hit one by one. Sometimes the drivers can't help, request the authorities to take into consideration the accidents occuring due to sudden jumping of pedestrians.
Anonymous, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Is there any fine for the motorists who don't stop at Zebra Crossings?
Aly, AbuDhabi, United Arab Emirates
Congratulations to Abu Dhabi authorities for initiating this campaign at the beginning of a new year. Indeed, “Pedestrian Safety is Our Responsibility” and each road user has to constantly remind themselfves of this. There are several heavy usage sectors like Abu Dhabi Mall, Hamdan Street and Airport Road where one will get to see violators at any given point of day or night. How many hours the authorities can man these roads by policing in uniform or not is a question once again to the general public. The rate of accidents have reduced due to strict laws. However, general awareness campaigns showing the consequences to undergo as an accident victim, either as a pedestrian or as a driver involved should be highlighted repeatedly. The recovery time, the legal proecss, etc are too long and harsh when compared to a few minutes of delay taken to follow the path at designated areas. Let us all support the authorities by following the road safety rules strictly. Community Organisations and companies should educate and remind members and staff on a regular basis the importance of road safety in tandem with Police support.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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