Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Death by Driving

With just about everyone I know having lost someone in a road accident in Saudi Arabia (and we live in Bahrain) it comes as no surprise to find out Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of road accident deaths in the world.

However, Saudi Arabia is not the only GCC country with high death rates; Oman, the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain have rates which are almost as high.  Bahrain, for example, a country with just 1 million inhabitants looses one person every other day through road accidents.  These are the only places in the world I've seen barriers installed across pavements as a matter of course to prevent people driving on them.

Someone once suggested the hideously bad driving might improve if it were labelled, 'A Jewish Plot to Kill Arabs'

Here's a great video which explains just how many thousands of people die each year on the roads in Saudi.  Thank you and congratulations to Ala’a al-Maktoum for making such a thought provoking piece and to SAUDI JEANS for bringing it to my attention:

4 comments:

Christine said...

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Tom said...

Interesting post. Why do you think the driving is so bad out there? Do you have to pass a driving test? Or can you just get a car and drive? I will do some more research and add some information to my site, <a href="http://www.headingthere.co.uk>HeadingThere</a>

Haddock said...

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