Drones have good and bad uses

Readers write about traffic rules, drones and Palestine.
Letters to the editor

Drones are amazing and very practical pieces of equipment when used correctly (Game-changing technology sought at Global Aerospace Summit, March 7).

My concern lies in the ability of private individuals to acquire them. I live in the West, and I can tell you that many bad elements out there have used drones for ill. Drones have been used by everyone from peeping Toms to drug dealers.

Yes, they are valuable for law enforcement, hostage situations, dropping chemical fire extinguisher, finding lost children and many other practical uses.

But please keep in mind that everything of this nature comes at a cost. The sad but true fact about drones, at least where I live, is that any­one with the cash can purchase one of these devices.

JS David, United States

Campaigns could reduce traffic deaths

The traffic situation is appalling for many known reasons (Improved roads 'lead to worse driving', March 7). Why is it not possible to enforce the laws?

Everybody in a car should be wearing seat belts, yet I often see families with the parents in the front strapped in, but nannies and four or more children in the back unrestrained.

Also, why is it not possible for police to stop people using mobile phones while driving? The phones should be confiscated and the users heavily fined.

Big billboards along roads and regular newspaper advertisements should show grisly scenes of car accidents. This may have some effect on people who think an accident won’t happen to them.

Television channels could show films illustrating what happens when vehicles hit each other, even at normal speeds. I saw several of these films during a defensive driving course and I can tell you that they scare you enough to make you think about the way you drive.

The UAE is such a great place to live. It is safe, clean and friendly. We are so lucky, but I must say that I am scared every time I drive. Adriana Holtslag-Alvarez, Dubai

In your story, Dr Britta Lang, head of the British consultancy Transport Research Laboratory in the UAE, says: “A good first step would be to introduce a federal highway code associated with a robust education and enforcement programme.”

I couldn't agree more. However, policy, instruction and enforcement must be clear, consistent and constant. This should be coupled with very high insurance premiums for those who cause accidents or constantly break the rules.

Dave Pryce, Dubai

Charity worker sets an example

Barbara Evans (UAE Portrait of a Nation: The Dubai resident whose charity is made to measure, March 4) is an amazing woman.

We need more people like her. I am tired of reading about successful models, actors and business people. We need more people who can help humanity.

Mariyah Fatima, Al Ain

Palestine should become a nation

It was interesting to read Joseph Dana's column, Apartheid analogy compels Israel to confront reality (March 7).

Palestinians deserve to have their own state, as they are suffering every kind of abuse.

If you are Palestinian and you need to cross a checkpoint to go to a hospital, good luck.

Beatrice Forgia, Abu Dhabi

Late payment hits suppliers

I have been reading and hearing a lot about expatriates being forced to leave the country because of rising costs.

But costs are not the only issue. In my experience, one really big problem is that some corporations do not honour their commitments to pay suppliers at a given time.

I know of instances where a 30-day credit period has extended to well beyond 150 days. Only those businesses and individuals who can sustain their cash flow will survive under these conditions.

Others will be forced to join the exodus.

Name withheld by request

Secret behind rally scenes

Thanks for Daredevil rally driver's Dubai video goes viral (March 3).

I found it interesting that you didn't mention that the aircraft scene was shot at Fujairah airport.

Name withheld by request

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