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Stop the madness on Bahrain's roads.

WE see so many letters about the appalling driving in Bahrain but nothing brings it home more poignantly than the wreckage that we see strewn across the country on a daily basis.

On our way to work last Thursday morning, while driving towards Hidd, we saw an accident that had just happened and was being attended by police and ambulance services and the usual hoard of rubbernecks.

A BMW sports coupe had been travelling towards the airport at high speed, clipped the kerb and been catapulted into the air.

The car hit a lamp post at such high speed that it split into two parts, with the front part coming to rest on the sidewalk and the rear ending up on the median.

It is extremely doubtful that anyone in the car survived and a miracle that no-one else appeared to be involved.

As an expat who has worked in a number of Middle East countries, it gives me no pleasure to say that when the region is discussed in expat circles, it is not usually the generous hospitality or rich culture that is discussed, but more likely the horrendous standard of driving encountered on a daily basis.

Bahraini youngsters contribute significantly to this mayhem by ignorance and arrogance. It is time for the government to intervene.

Give a child a fast car and he's going to try to use it - he sees racing down at the Bahrain International Circuit and thinks "I can do that".

I would suggest that the region's great wealth of motor racing talent - both established and emerging - should be utilised in a regional road safety campaign, focused on the fact that they apply their trade in the correct circumstances and not on the roads.

While we have our own talent in Bahrain, Mohammed bin Sulaiyem from the UAE is probably the most established motoring champion in the region - why is he not being used in TV, satellite and cinema campaigns to educate our youth, to promote safe driving and correct use of seatbelts, lights and direction indicators?

Anyone can push the pedal all the way to the floor - you just press it until it stops. It takes intelligence to figure out that you can stop it half way.

Instead of the annual farce called road safety week, why isn't the root of the problem addressed?

Educate the children.

Reggie M Husband

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Aug 4, 2008
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