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I refer to CP's letter 'Education and zero tolerance keys to ending roads mayhem' (GDN, December 17).

I am fully aware about the implication of murder and manslaughter and that is why I suggested that anybody who causes death due to reckless driving and jumping red lights should be charged with murder.

The point that you missed in this whole issue is that we are not alone on this island and you forgot that we have other kamikaze drivers coming from neighbouring GCC countries.

May I know how you propose to educate them? The saying goes that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" and this is exactly the situation that we are facing, ie, you can't educate people therefore we have to introduce a more severe form of punishment and let a few be charged with murder, then I am confident that the rest will think twice before taking the law into their own hands.

The arrogance and selfishness that you mention is mainly due to lax traffic laws in case of accidents and loss of life. You also forgot that we are referred to as Third World and developing countries and educating people here is a difficult task.

The other thing to remember is that the law should be applicable to everybody. But spending BD1,500 to 2,000 to obtain your licence is somehow impractical since you are now introducing bribery and I must admit that this is not a good idea since people will tend to buy their driving licence.

I am the holder of a British driving licence and obtained it way back in 1978 in the UK and I did not spend this amount to get it. Let us hope that the traffic directorate comes up with better solutions.


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Date:Dec 22, 2013
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