Blame pile-ups on bad drivers

A reader blames drivers for the recent car pileup. Other topics: cricket, jaywalking, expats

In response to your news report 136 crashes, 810 calls to police in Sunday morning road fog chaos (February 22), I am tired of seeing media in the UAE blame these pile-ups on rain and fog. They are the result of bad and unsafe driving.

Plenty of other places in the world experience rain and fog without related traffic problems.

Personally, I think such driving should be criminalised. Perhaps if drivers knew their recklessness and bad driving could land them in jail, they might have paid more attention to driving and obeyed the traffic rules.

Elan Faabri, Dubai

Our cricketers have put up a star show

We all need to wake up to the astonishing performances of our national cricket team that have, in the space of a few days, beaten full time professional teams from Ireland, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

They are trying to claim a place in the World Twenty20 tournament, which starts next month in Bangladesh. The UAE team is still made up of part-timers who all earn their livings doing something other than cricket.

Imagine what heights they might climb when they become a fully professional squad in the near future. The profile of cricket is set to rise and rise further in the UAE. Congratulations are in order.

Damian Weekes, Abu Dhabi

Jaywalking must be discouraged

The story of Amin Sharifi is sad (UAE Helping Hands: Driver's jaywalking tragedy leaves him Dh200,000 in debt, February 21). These incidents are common and the law ought to be updated. Mr Sharifi committed no crime; it was purely the pedestrian's negligence that sadly caused his death.

Additionally, there were reports in some media only last week that some low-income workers are stepping out in front of vehicles in order to get blood money either for themselves or their families.

The law must be reviewed and if the victim is jaywalking it must be his/ her liability.

This will not only prevent incidents like this when a second life is destroyed by circumstance, but also discourage jaywalking in general.

My sympathy to Mr Sharifi. A similar thing happened to a friend of mine here more than 20 years ago when a man ran into the road and she hit him and was imprisoned. Not only was she traumatised by his actions and his death, but she then became criminally liable.

Finally, insurance companies should not be liable for blood money in instances of jaywalking, because it encourages people who have so little regard for their own lives to jump in front of vehicles. Instead, people must be educated not to cross roads away from bridges and crossings.

Phillie Hall, Abu Dhabi

Isn’t the insurance company supposed to provide protection to the driver? It should be responsible for paying the blood money and Mr Sharifi’s legal expenses.

Isabel Regalado, Abu Dhabi

No one should be punished for an accident like this one. That is why it is called an accident. If it were Mr Sharifi’s fault, that would be a totally different story.

Patricia Cooksey, Abu Dhabi

Most off-target expectations

I enjoyed reading the opinion article Expat daydreams meet the reality of car parts and cat food (February 21). When I came to this country, I brought a mattress topper as they only sell Tempur ones here or some quilted hard thing, not a soft fluffy one. Or you finally find your favourite organic tea here only for it to never appear on the shelves ever again as they changed their supplier. Finally, what about lamb stock cubes? I can't find them anywhere in the UAE.

Name withheld by request

I would always bring my favourite chocolates and snack foods from Australia and wiper blades for the car, because you don’t get the blades here.

If you need to replace the blades, you have to buy the whole wiper arms. I also brought my teaching resources, giant mattress topper and my 1,000 thread count sheets. I’m sure customs officers thought I was crazy.

Carolyn Wethereld, Dubai