Ahmed, a rich guy, loved fast cars and he did have a few in his
possession. He loved to speed and could not be bothered about breaking
speed limits. Many a times he was caught by the cops and speed radars,
fined, but still he never bothered until. One day as he was driving at
a very high speed as usual, he saw a cop following him. The cop
overtook him finally and asked him to stop and checked his license. He
then took out his pad and started writing, and then handed over the
sheet of paper to Ahmed. How much was this one going to cost?!!! Wait
a minute. What was this???? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket.
Ahmed began to read:
Once upon a time I had a lovely daughter. She was six when killed by a car.You
guessed it – a speeding driver’s car. A fine and three months in jail,
and the man was free. Free to hug his three daughters. I only had one,
and I’m going to have to wait until Heaven, before I can ever hug her again.
A thousand times I’ve tried to forgive that man. A thousand times
I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray
for me.. And be careful, Ahmed, my son is all I have left.”
Ahmed turned around in time to see the cop’s car pull away and head
down the road. He watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes
later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for
forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived. Life
is precious. Handle it with care.
So drive safe. Definitely speed thrill, but remember, IT ALSO KILLS.
Laws across the world on use of cellphones while driving:
In the United Kingdom,from 27 February 2007,motorists who are caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving will have three penalty points added to their license in addition to the fine of 60 pounds.
Israel,Japan,Portugal and Singapore prohibit all mobile phone use while driving,including use of hands-free devices.
New Zealand banned hand-held cellphone use from November 1,2009.
Many states in the United States have banned texting on cellphones while driving. Illinois became the 17th American state to enforce this law.
India implemented this law in Sep 2009. Using cellphones in the drivers seat is illegal. Phones include hand-held,hands-free,operated through bluetooth,permanently installed or integrated into the wiring of the vehicle. Dialling and receiving calls, texting, playing games, listening to music, taking photos and shooting videos on phones is also not allowed while driving.The rules apply even if the vehicle is stationary, in a traffic snarl or at a traffic signal, for instance. Here the license is impounded and you forgo the right to drive.
What does the Kuwait law say? How strictly is it implemented?
A look around the cars on roads (traffic accidents) and you will have an idea of the law is flouted, as if it is a pleasure activity.
Todays newspapers had this as their headlines.
No, this figure is not a result of any natural calamity. like flood or earthquake.
It is a result of the ‘race rage’ that we see frequently on the Kuwait roads and the casualties are the for the 2 months of Jan and Feb 2010.
Well, it is reasonable to conclude that half of them we driving the in the right manner and were dead as a result of the negligence of the others who hit them.
No guesses as to what could they be doing before they hit the others. Probably talking on the mobile, trying to overtake, doing some stunts, practising for the Race, etc. Whatever it was, it was not right and were not concentrating enough on their steering wheels.
I have a feeling that Kuwait has the highest ratio of car death / accidents with respect to the population.(Please validate.)
The Ministry has made numerous attempts to educate the drivers, but I think, the message has not gone into their heads.
It should organize more events to highlight these dangers and also enforce strict & stiff penal actions against those erring drivers. The punishments should be hard & harsh enough to act as a deterrent to the future offenders.
When can we see better road sense prevail.
Maybe, better & alternate more of public transport will help reduce these numbers. We hear of the Kuwait Railway coming up soon. When can we enjoy the first trip?