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Driven to distraction on our roads

Take a look at these photographs. In each, you will see traffic laws being openly flouted. Drivers reading papers, others talking on mobile phones or busy sending text messages, more blatantly ignoring road signs or riding on the safety shoulder, while others place children at risk. Children without seat belts or car seats ride in front seats, more clamber over drivers as cars travel our roads. These images, captured by Staff Photographers Virendra Saklani and Ahmed Kutty, show everyday instances of safety violations by motorists, which are supposed to result in black points and fines. However, all these incidents went undetected. And, sadly enough, each one of these could have resulted in serious injuries or even deaths.

Comments (48)

  1. Added 19:04 October 12, 2011

    RTA or Police need to open a hotline were we can complaint to authorities if we find traffic violation like changing line without indicator, entering from hard shoulder, zigzag driving etc. Then the law-enforcing agency should call traffic violator and warm them. If there is three complaints against a particular vehicle or driver within a span of 3 months. Then the vehicle should be impounded and driving licence suspended for at least one month. Any amount of fine will not change the habit of rash drivers.

    Syed Fazeel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:44 October 12, 2011

    I think most of the pictures are taken while waiting on a signal. I think its not a crime to check any sms and drinking water during a halt. But the baby and mother sitting on the front seat, taking photographs etc are punishable.

    Nebu, Ashraf, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:27 October 12, 2011

    I agree with some of the pictures above which r violating the laws... but many of the pictures r not violating the law... Drinking water when the car has stopped at a signal or in a traffic is not violation of law in any means... Driving with children in the front seat, not wearing a seat belts, using of a mobile r the cases of violation and putting lives in danger.. |salaam|.

    Mohsin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:54 October 12, 2011

    Speeding fines seem to do nothing here - I see people always going faster the the specified limit. It is meant to be 140km/hr max on Abu Dhabi Highway but still no one does this - they are all doing 150 - 160km/hr. I think the penalites have to be higher and the police have to pull people over and explain to them what they have done wrong - this is an inconvenience the driver will not easily forget. Also people refuse to queue here and that just causes worse traffic jams as they are pulling in at the last minute thus holding up all the people who have been patiently waiting - this is not acceptable driving. The solution here is not easy as the driving and attitudes are really so bad.

    Paul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:35 October 12, 2011

    RTA should also enforce strict penalties like Abu Dhabi for not only use of mobiles but for all actions by the driver which can put his and others' life also in danger.During morning drive to office, I have seen lot of ladies doing make up like wearing lipstick , looking at the sun visor mirror. Also many people are seen having breakfast, holding coffee mug in one hand and so on in addition to people speaking on mobile phone without hands free set..All these actions should be penalized heavily.

    Jayadeep Divakaran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:33 October 12, 2011

    Most of these are traffic violations. I chose to differ with Mr. Mohsin from sharjah who says that peoples privacy is more important than someone's life. Most shocking is a mother sitting in the front seat with a child. Authorities should come down heavily on parents who put their young ones at risk like this.

    Lance, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:02 October 12, 2011

    I strongly believe that people cannot quit usage of mobile phone while on car and it is quite impractical to fine these people .It would rather be better if the rta could implement the use of inbuilt bluetooth system for the cars.It is not so expensive either.

    ANUMOD, ALAIN, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:49 October 12, 2011

    Technology is very advanced. Please freeze all mobile and radio frequency on rush area roads within 10 meters.we can also protect pedestians if it''s implemented.

    jaison vallookaran, abu dhabi, India

  9. Added 15:22 October 12, 2011

    The Govt and Dubai Police are doing their best to control these kind of violations, I feel to make it more effective they should implement a system where any one who witnesses this should take a photo on his mobile and forward that to the Police Dept to take legal action.

    BP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:52 October 12, 2011

    Those who are supporting these kind of activities deserve proper punishment by authorities. Besides that, Police should be more strict and introduce some community punishment e.g suspend license temporarily and force to do some social work in public (like: hold some awareness & confess banner and stand out of the sun for few days) Sample awareness/confess banner : "i am a traffic rule offender & having this punishment. please follow traffic rule and save the mankind"

    Fazl, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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