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At least four killed, 15 injured in road accidents in Qatar this week

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

With reporting from Riham Sheble

At least four people have been killed and 15 others injured in a spate of car accidents this week, spurring calls from residents for improved road safety in Qatar.

One crash took place during the early hours of Saturday morning, killing two residents and injuring four. And at least three car accidents occurred on Sunday alone, killing two people and injuring 11.

Road accidents are a leading cause of death in Qatar. Despite efforts from authorities to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries from such crashes, many residents say bad driving continues to be a big problem on the nation’s roads.

Two Filipinos killed

Around 1:30am Saturday morning, six Filipina expats were involved in a car accident on their way home, and two of them died, the Philippines embassy told Doha News. 

It is unclear why their vehicle crashed, but the women, ages 33 and 35 years old, were killed at the scene and the driver, along with the remaining four passengers, was wounded.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The women were on their way home after finishing their late-night shifts as caterers at a wedding function in Al Kharityat. Their staff accommodation was located along Shamal Road, near the location of the function.

The driver and the passengers were rushed to Hamad Hospital’s Emergency Department to receive urgent treatment, with one Filipino sustaining serious head injuries. She is currently under care at Hamad’s Intensive Care Unit.

Two of the passengers have several fractures and are also under treatment, and one was recently discharged to recuperate at home.

The driver is also said to be injured and under Hamad’s care. His injuries are not too severe, according to an embassy representative.

A full report is yet to be released, but the embassy said that there appears to be no other car involved. The driver, who is from Egypt, will be questioned upon his recovery.

‘Too many innocent people’

Ben Chris Rivera, Joyce Rivera and their one-year-old son, Arclian Zirc III
Ben Chris Rivera, Joyce Rivera and their one-year-old son, Arclian Zirc III

The deadly accident comes weeks after five Filipinos were killed in a car accident after being struck by a young local driver who had no driver’s license or car insurance, and whose vehicle had racked up 44 traffic violations over a period of 13 months.

The driver was reported by the traffic department to be speeding when he hit the family’s parked car, causing it to erupt in flames and burn the passengers inside.

The tragedy caused a heated debate among residents on social media about Qatar’s perilous roads and a lack of authoritative monitoring.

Reflecting on the two critical accidents, a Philippines embassy representative recently sent out a reminder to its nationals, telling Doha News:

“Please, please be extra cautious — as a driver, passenger and even a pedestrian. The number of vehicle related accidents are only rising and too many people are losing their lives. It’s saddening. Too many innocent people are being killed on the road.”

Sunday’s accidents

Separately, at least three car accidents took place on Sunday, taking the lives of two and injuring as many as 11 people, according to an Al Raya report.

According to the newspaper, in one of the accidents, the driver of a Land Cruiser swerved out of control along Salwa Road, causing the car to crash into a workshop located on the busy strip of shops at the side of the road.

Both the driver and one of the workshop’s mechanics were killed, and one mechanic was injured in the accident, which took place around 6:30am.

Al Raya did not mention the nationalities of those involved, but a Pakistan embassy representative told Doha News that the mechanic killed was from Pakistan.

The embassy confirmed that the 36 year-old mechanic suffered “multi-trauma injuries” and paperwork is now being done to ensure his body is repatriated.

Some of Salwa Road's shops
Photo of Salwa Road shops for illustrative purposes only.

The second accident also involved a motorist who lost control of his Land Cruiser. While no one was killed at the scene of the crash at a construction site off of D-Ring Road, six people were severely injured, including the driver himself, Al Raya reports.

The newspaper stated that for unknown reasons, the driver suddenly swerved off the road and drove into an excavation next to the Kahramaa building, where several construction workers were working on site.

Five construction workers and the driver suffered extensive injuries. One of those involved was a Qatari citizen, according to Al Raya.

Sunday’s third car accident involved the collision of two cars in Al Mamourah at 8:30pm. Four residents were involved in the accident and all of them were injured.

Speaking to Doha News, a Palestinian embassy representative confirmed that three of the residents involved were Palestinian nationals.

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Those involved in Sunday’s three car accidents were all rushed to Hamad Hospital’s Emergency Department as police attended to the scene, according to Al Raya’s report.

National efforts

Amid ongoing discussion about Qatar’s road woes, one of the country’s top traffic police officers said this week that distracted driving is one of the top reasons for traffic accidents here.

Speaking to Doha News, Brig. Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, the director-general of Qatar’s traffic department, said:

“(In the case of) more than 80 percent of the accidents, they are using their mobile.”

To tackle that problem, several Qatar-based firms have launched apps that lock a motorist’s phone while a vehicle is in motion.

In another attempt to curb road accidents, a number of new officers are expected to complete their training in the coming weeks and begin patrolling Qatar’s roads and highways, as well as be stationed on foot at certain intersections, Al-Kharji added.

And finally, additional road surveillance cameras have also been strategically placed in recent times and new, advanced road radars are currently being installed across the country.

Thoughts?

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Jason
Jason
6 years ago

Dear Qatar,

How many of your sons, daughters, and guests need to die before you decide to take action?

With respect,

A visitor here in your country.

brorick
brorick
6 years ago

and people give me weird looks when I put my seat belt on when I sit in the back of the car

Doc
Doc
6 years ago
Reply to  brorick

Imagine their looks when we all start wearing crash helmets to try and save ourselves.

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Doc

…and some sort of body armor …

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  brorick

True story – I was at a hospital visiting friends who had been in an accident that could easily have killed them both. Neither had been wearing a seatbelt and the driver had managed to roll the vehicle. As we all got into the Land Cruiser in the hospital carpark I put on my seatbelt as I do whenever I get into a car. One guy turned to me and chuckled, then jokingly said “safety first”. He didn’t put on his seatbelt and nor did the other guys.

It really make you wonder what some people need to see before realizing that seatbelts save lives.

Ben
Ben
6 years ago

It’s just getting worse. I drove past one accident mentioned above on Sunday evening. It looked like one car was turning and one was going straight at traffic lights meaning one of them would have gone through a red light.

What I hate seeing it children jumping around the cars, on parents laps and sticking their heads out of windows, sunroofs etc. These people don’t deserve to have children.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago

The Egyptian driver part doesn’t fit the typical stereotype, but the rest are Stereotypical. Land cruisers swerving out of control, and nationality of driver not enclosed. I especially like this one – “Five construction workers and the driver suffered extensive injuries. One of those involved was a Qatari citizen, according to Al Raya.” I hope the military training for the youth has some impact on maturing them.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Deepak Babu

Just goes to show how silly and unreliable stereotypes are. I’d imagine you wouldn’t agree the stereotype about the driving habits of Southeast Asians.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

Racial stereotyping is just part of how human mind works. We tend to associate the negative aspects more strongly and generalize. You spend a few hours in Qatar Traffic, it would be hard to dispute the stereotype about driving habits of Southeast Asians.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

last night on the expressway a huge cruiser zig-zaging at high speed….no police car ever to be on the expressway to catch people like that criminal thick head that passed me with his/her high speed. And don’t get me started on all those putting their lights high from far away and gluing themselves to the rear of you car…..

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

Because if there had been a traffic cop on the expressway he would have pulled the Land Cruiser over and given him some sort of punishment for reckless driving?

smd
smd
6 years ago

The Venus Fly”Death” Trap that is Qatar……for all its rhetoric and self glorification this place is full of untimely and warranted deaths of those attracted to the idea that this place is a flower..only to succumb to death..aka …Venus flytrap

Expat_QTR
Expat_QTR
6 years ago

Its better to be safe than sorry. I make it a point to drive in the 2nd lane and keeping a good distance between the car in front. Qatar needs to do something about the driving regulations as 4 killed and 15 injured just this week is a bad sign.

DEAR LAND CRUISER OWNERS / 4×4 Owners.
You DO NOT own the roads.
You DO NOT have the right to flash at me specially if i want to take a left.
You DO NOT have the right to tail me
And you specially DO NOT have the right to kill innocent people.
SO PLEASE DRIVE SAFE.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat_QTR

I agree with most of what you said. However, if you’re in the left far most lane, and are driving below the max speed limit (driving 80 in 100 limit) then the driver behind you has the right to overtake the road. That’s just the law.

Restie
Restie
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

No, that is not true, as per the traffic code.

The driver going slow is committing a minor infraction, yes, but it is far more dangerous to overtake from the right in such conditions and tailgating further increases the risk of a collision.

Slow drivers ahead do not allow for further traffic laws to be broken for the convenience of other drivers. This is not an opinion, it’s part of the highway code.

JustMe
JustMe
6 years ago
Reply to  Restie

How is the driver committing an infraction by sticking below the speed limit designated on the road ?

Restie
Restie
6 years ago
Reply to  JustMe

The infraction is not moving at the rate of traffic in a passing lane. In Qatar, there are no specific designation for a passing lane, but is generally attributed to the leftmost lane on most multi-lane roads, highways and carriageways.

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago
Reply to  JustMe

Because it’s not just about speed, it’s about knowing how to use the road and which is the appropriate lane to be in. Never ceases to amaze me on the 4-lane Al Shamal Road just how many drivers tootle along at half the speed limit in the third lane, leading to frustration for all other road users (apart from the ones that illegally overtake on the right). If you gave them 10 lanes they’d potter along in the 9th.

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago
Reply to  JustMe

too true. it only a maximum limit, not a mandatory speed. if the road is 100k and someone wants to drive 80 in the left lane, fine, as long as they are passing a vehicle, otherwise drive on the right. Too many times there is an aversion to the far right lane – WHY? – if more drivers used the lanes properly there would be fewer problems – ie no scope to undertake, clearer lanes to overtake, and please please please get in the correct lane before and at a junction !

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Restie

Excuse me, but who said anything about overtaking from the right?! This is what I said, “the driver behind you has the right to overtake the road”. Kindly don’t put words in my mouth.

And what highway code are you talking about? Let me guess, this is how you do it back home and naturally you expect this code to be followed where ever you go?!

Restie
Restie
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Firstly, your quote:

“if you’re in the left far most lane, and are driving below the max speed limit (driving 80 in 100 limit) then the driver behind you has the right to overtake the road.”

How on earth does a driver overtake legally if they are in the left-most lane? Kindly make your sentences clearer, because you can’t overtake a road.

Secondly, there is a traffic/highway code in Qatar, you can go to the Traffic department and ask for a copy.

Lastly, your guess is wrong. The only place I learned to drive, obtained an automobile license and drive a car is in Qatar. Back home, I have never driven a car, only motorcycles. But surprise, back home, it’s also illegal to overtake a car in the leftmost lane, just like in Qatar!

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

He may have the right, but the right way is not to race up to the car’s bumper and intimidate him, which seems to be some sort of automatic system built in to LC’s and 4×4’s.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

I didn’t say that ” race up to the car’s bumper and intimidate him” is okay. I was referring to someone driving at the max speed limit, not racing, comes from behind and they may flash you ahead of time so that you get out of the way.

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

i most countries flashing of lights is a signal they have seen you and will let you in. So many here want to let you in front of them on this basis !

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

It’s not against the law to drive below the speed limit. The exact wording of the law states that the following is an offence (41):

“Driving a vehicle at abnormal low speed that may obstruct traffic movement without a good reason.”

Different people will probably have different definitions of what ‘abnormal is’.

But when I’m going 100 on D-Ring and the Land Cruiser is flashing and commanding that I get out of his way, I’m not the one breaking the law, he is.

Expat_QTR
Expat_QTR
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Completely Agreed.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

If you are not driving at the max speed limit at the far most lane, and there is a car behind that is driving at the max speed limit, then you are obstructing traffic.

But I agree, the wording of the law needs to be more clear.

By the way, I’m not sure why, maybe because I’m Qatari, but your last point about being flashed while going 100 on D-Ring isn’t something that I said is legal or even justifiable.

Rapha31
Rapha31
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

Whenever I got flashed and tailed by an LC I’m always at the max speed limit.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Rapha31

Same happens to me.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

Dear Shabina, what was wrong with my comment in response to Abdulrahman here? Why was it removed?

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

I guess it got lost in the overload of traffic of people wanting to take their anger and frustration over the driving habits of Qataris at me for merely trying to bring out another point to this discussion. All because I’m Qatari! .

dekan23
dekan23
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat_QTR

The left lane is known as the “fast lane” and it is understood to be used either temporarily to overtake or to drive in AT the speed limit. If you are going to hog the left lane and enforce a speed lower than the limit on everyone behind you, then don’t be surprised when you get some angry reactions.

Expat_QTR
Expat_QTR
6 years ago
Reply to  dekan23

Well by the sound of it, looks like you are one of those in the LC’s, anyways what i said and i will repeat You DO NOT have the right to flash at me specially if i want to take a left.so i guess i am making myself clear. And if i drive at 99KMPH on 100KM speed limit road, i am not the one who is doing anything wrong, it is the guy behind me at 150KMPH who wants to pass by jus because he is missing his karak date night.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat_QTR

Actually this topic of overtaking the far most lane was discussed before, and someone from Germany had pointed out that indeed, in Germany at least, the far most lane is for overtaking, and you are allowed to exceed the speed limit for a short while to do so.

Al Kohol
Al Kohol
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

That is complete non-sense. Yes, you can flash the light shortly if you want to indicate that you are overtaking. The way it is being used in Qatar as well would be an offense in Germany and considered duress (Nötigung).

See court rulings “BVerfG, NJW 2007, 1669”, “BGHSt. 19, 263, OLG Stuttgart, DAR 1998, 153” which clarify when §240 Paragraph 1 StGB applies in these cases.

The way of driving many of those drivers in Qatar execute would immediately lead to driving bans, hefty fines, confiscation of driving licenses and in the severe case of that young Qatari men with 44 offenses and still driving also result in arrest.

Yes, we do have unlimited highways and we do have a fairly low rate of deaths in traffic. This is also due to proper and harsh execution of penalties by the police. We do have very strong policing on the road. This is what Qatar also needs: strict policing.

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago
Reply to  Al Kohol

I strongly agree with you. It’s not about installing more radars and cameras, nor about increasing traffic patrols alone. It’s about enforcing and respecting the law. It’s a matter of life or death. I miss those old days when driving was much safer ( maybe late 80s or even 90s ). We used to love the peaceful Qatar. But now we can’t claim that safety is assured wither inside a vehicle, or on foot.

KingOfKings
KingOfKings
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Germany has special highways dedicated for ultra-high speeding. Also, people in Germany are sensible to know when to speed and how to speed. In Qatar, every highway has a speed limit. You can’t bully those who are driving within the speed limit EVEN if they are driving on the left!

dekan23
dekan23
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat_QTR

No I am not one of those in LC’s, I am just saying that if you are hogging the left lane and driving 90 or 80kph on a 100kph road, then you are going to annoy the people behind you. And another thing, for the people that suddenly slow down 10 or 20kph every time you pass a radar, again don’t be surprised if you get some angry reactions behind you.

I am completely against reckless driving but for those of you who enforce a speed on others below the limit, you guys are annoying.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  dekan23

If I’m doing the speed limit and overtaking cars while in the left lane it IS NOT my duty to have to duck into the next lane so some idiot in a LC can blow past at 150KPH. And if there are cars in front and beside me again it IS NOT my duty to change lanes so he can harass the driver that is in front of me and continue on doing so while in a hurry to go nowhere.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Every single day I breathe a HUGE sigh of relief when I get home. I have a long drive every day and really, I know it is only a matter of time till some idiot swerving and driving aggressively takes me out. I avoid the outside lane as much as possible, but occasionally must use it as there are many lorries etc and people sitting in the middle lane. I never go over the speed limit, I drive at it, and am appalled when a huge pickup or land cruiser speeds up behind me, lights flashing, when I am making a safe maneuver, trying to force me into the path of the car I am legally overtaking. It’s probably only a matter of time till I am arrested for thumping someone at the next junction.

bleh!!
bleh!!
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Your last sentence reminds me the number of times i have thought about doing it or just push the brakes so that he is stuck on my back.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

I once worked with someone who would sigh every afternoon and then say “off to play Crazy Racers” as he walked out of the office to his car.

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago

Apparently, even if you were driving on the most right hand side lane, a huge SUV will be “torpedo-ing” towards you, flashing lights to blind you at the same time. It’s not about speed limit, or driving with appropriate speed in the correct lane. What makes it even worse is the fact that car dealers import new cars with the least possible safety standers ( to maximize their profit ). I bet most cars in here ( including 2015 models ) will fail both the European and the American safety standards with only one or maybe 2 air bags and ABS if lucky, aside from the hefty – unjustified price tag when compared to other dealers even in GCC. I wish that consumer protection department together with M.O.I will enforce the safety standards on importing cars…all while waiting for an efficient law enforcement.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago

Suggestion…..(Not easy, but try it once) to the drivers who very often are driving at normal legal speeds and are tailgated/ intimidated by the LC / Patrol / Yukon / Sequoia or similar transport, remember, FIRSTLY try not to panic! If you cannot move over and are boxed in, DONT MOVE! Think what can they do? Only go around you or stay behind you on your tail. Although uncomfortable, at least you stay alive. Let them flash, use the horn as much as they want, sooner or later they will get fed up. Move over when you have time to do so and only then. It’s your life you are preserving,not theirs and others too, especially if you avoid the panic swerve that has a ripple effect around you. Don’t jam your brakes or lift off the gas too quickly, ultimately, they would not be expecting and you will end up the loser, in many more ways than them. Alternatively, you can always buy a Hummer………or wait for the water taxis…………..

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

Then wait for the ‘revenge swerve of death’ across your path, especially fun if it causes you to have to take evasive action. Shortly followed by the jamming on of brakes and forcing you to slow to 40kph in a 100kph limit, any attempt at going around will be countered with more swerving into your path.

Several life threatening events, rather than just getting out of the daft b@stard’s way at the soonest opportunity.

“Let me through, or I will try to kill you, and your family” is the driving code here.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

I experienced this just last week from a lady driver in her BMW sedan( not a white land cruiser ) just 2 weeks back. My wife was pretty shocked by the whole experience.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

It’s a suggestion Myrddin, never said it would work every time! If they are in such a hurry, do you think they will slow down to 40kph just to make a point…..in my experience, they calculate the potential time lost vs the lets get there factor!

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

Disagree, revenge trumps time delay, on the few occasions it’s happened to me, and when I’ve witnessed it being done to others.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Well, there you go, we all witness different things and for some here longer, it happens more than just “A few occasions.” Revenge is common, not automatic.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

I think you mis-understand the nature of my response?

I take active steps to avoid the situation, therefore I keep occurrences to minimum, even taking the, relatively less risky, action of temporarily exceeding the limit, to get into a clear spot. Speeding fine beats attracting homicidal revenge? Better still, monitor following traffic in the mirror and identify the looming idiot well in advance, then pull in, at the expense of getting temporarily stuck in the slower mid-lane, until said idiot passes. In spite of this, the ingenuity of stupidity can defeat all diligence, and ‘occasionally’ I get caught and boxed.

Your suggested tactic is sanctioned by UK driving standards – I’m trained – however, there, a driver would need to think a hundred times before responding with a level of revenge that would land them with a ‘dangerous driving’ conviction. Not so here!

My way is self-preservation, after adapting to local conditions.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Maybe I do, I was too busy In any case, continue taking your active steps, adapting and self preserving. It’s your choice at the end of the day. Not sure about the “Sanctioning” as I haven’t driven in the UK for 25 years, however, I take your experienced word for it. I do, however, still make the orginal suggestion. It is up to each individual driver to make their own risk analysis. Of that I am sure you will agree.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

On that we can agree.

Shame that self preservation needs to override basic driving skills here?

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

Every time a DN article about the dangerous roads in Qatar is written, the DN comments section is filled with (justifiably angry and often stereotypical) indignance. As an expat, I realize that there is nothing I can do about it. I think most other expats understand that too, and that’s where a lot of the frustration comes in. Especially when it appears the government is doing nothing to improve the situation other than lip service. It seems like people keep dying and no one with any pull is doing anything to make a tangible difference.

For me, this article comes only a few days after I was nearly taken out as a pedestrian by a black LC driven by a young thobe on the phone while passing on the right in a right turn lane probably going 150+ on the Corniche. If his tire had clipped the curb any more substantially as he veered in my direction, there’s no doubt he would have flipped his SUV right onto me as I walked by on the sidewalk. These kind of experiences are part of the reason that I will be taking my family somewhere else the nanosecond my contract is up. But in the meantime:

There are several DN commenters that have identified themselves as Qatari, and most of them seem to be very level headed and express themselves with common sense. So to this group, I’m curious: Are you OK with the status quo on the roads? Because Qatar is not a democracy, does that mean you feel as helpless about the situation as the average expat? Is there anything the average Qatari can do to communicate to the “right” people the urgency of improving the situation? Anything an expat can do? I would love to help improve things, but I honestly don’t know any realistic way as an expat other than driving my own car with respect and with my head on a constant swivel.

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

One thing for sure, it could be anyone wearing a thobe and driving an LC.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  kdineshl

Sure, but I didn’t claim he was a particular nationality. And does what nationality he was make his driving any more or less acceptable? That wasn’t the point of my post either.

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago

To most road users in Qatar this is no surprise, you see this happening day in day out, and there is apparently no evidence of any will to address it out deter it. Plenty of rhetoric, but no deterrent or presence. If there was as much evidence of policing on the road in the interests of safety, as there seems to be to ‘control’ traffic for selective free-movement of VIP vehicles wouldn’t this be a better place for everyone ?

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

These accidents were not that bad in 80s or 90s. But as of now it is getting worse. the younger generation with attitude has to be blamed and then the rest.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago

It’s a vicious circle of blame for sure and NO ONE has an idea on how to solve it. These articles related to driving are becoming “Groundhog Day”………..

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

ts not a lack of any idea how to solve it ! its an apparent lack of will to get out there and enforce it with a police presence that has teeth, and the respect of ALL DRIVERS that the laws will be enforced fairly and equally

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago

I’m starting to get a bit fed up of reading this. People making the same comments all the time. When will somebody actually do something about it!!! Qatar. We are DONE with risking our AND our family’s life just so we can leave the flipping house!!!!

bleh!!
bleh!!
6 years ago

On Friday, the day before eid, while on the way to landmark, right after the mall signal i had one guy (arab in thob) in a land cruiser comes out of nowhere, starts tail gating me and flashing his headlights. i tried to speed up to let him go but the vehicle beside me was matching my speed when i tried accelerating (i was in a prado). this guy then gets in between the lines between me and the other car and forces the other car out of the lane. he then comes up beside me shows his finger while messaging on his phone. i yell at him because i have my wife and 6 month old kid in the car. he then keeps trying to run me over the side by coming onto my lane. obviously i can’t slow down because there is another arab fellow in a dodge challenger behind me flashing his lights while again messaging on his phone. finally i have to tell my wife to pick my son up and show the land cruiser guy that there is a baby on board after which he just gives me the finger again and goes followed by the guy in the challenger who is still messaging.

i find the challenger guy later on the highway weaving in and out of traffic from fast lane to slow lane back to fast lane then to middle lane. at one point i passed him he was still on the phone! messaging!!!!

unless and until this act of arrogance is stopped, the roads in Doha will never be safe. and the guy in the land cruiser was wearing a thob and head dress the local style. the challenger guy was a middle eastern fellow.

to be frank after that on all 3 days after eid i have not stepped out in the evenings because i’m literally scared for me and my family because of these retards.

also please drivers of those big GMC trucks and others who don’t switch on their car lights and who only have your orange park lights on while driving in the streets at night why can’t you switch on your damn lights? i have seen plenty of these vehicles especially in d ring road coming at great speed and also in mattar qadeem street and actually whole of doha. Guess its stylish for you to run around with only no light/orange park lights on, but it is unsafe for us the other road users, the pedestrians who cross the roads etc to see you.

DJ25Q
DJ25Q
6 years ago
Reply to  bleh!!

I believe that these manner-less acts are nothing but an
expression of a bad attitude, combined with arrogance and foolishness. It maybe better if expats are allowed to drive in specific days of the week ( I said that out of my frustration because that maybe much faster than enforcing traffic laws !!! )

Aussiegirl
Aussiegirl
6 years ago
Reply to  bleh!!

bleh!!, how lucky for you that you weren’t hit by one of these cars as by the sounds of it your 6 month old baby was not restrained in an infant capsule (if your wife could pick him up to show the other driver). You can not be responsible for the driving of others on the roads and this makes it even more important that you do everything you can to protect yourself and all your passengers. If your child had been killed it’s not use saying that the other driver was at fault as you are the one left with a lifetime of grief.

bleh!!
bleh!!
6 years ago
Reply to  Aussiegirl

Actually he was in his car seat and restrained properly. I know what I did was wrong. But at that time I had no idea what to do! The safety of my family was the first thing in my mind. And I thought that if he saw the baby at least he would stop doing what he was doing. I have the baby on board sign but as my experience (including this one)and I guess everyone else’s experience shows that these drivers don’t give a damn about other lives! And I know that I will not be doing that again!!

Mojo
Mojo
6 years ago
Reply to  bleh!!

Oh man, your story cracked me and my friend up and made us sad at the same time. Stay safe.

Anon
Anon
6 years ago
Reply to  bleh!!

Don’t forget these inbred turds have nothing better to do with their shallow, self-indulgent lives…..have some sympathy, driving like a loser is maybe their only pleasure in life.

Joe
Joe
6 years ago

No amount of surveillance cameras and phone apps will make this country safe until policemen actually start turning on their lights and chase after these reckless drivers on the roads. So many dangerous violations right in front of the police and THEY DONT CARE! Some police cars drive recklessly themselves! Great role models for their people, ya know?

KK
KK
6 years ago

Problem? What problem? There is no problem.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Exactly: Horredous accident figures!

Maffi Mush etc.

🙂

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago

Here’s a suggestion:

Forget all rules and regulations ( except for biggest vehicle, and/or shortest registration plate number, will win), the Traffic Police will not interfere with any freedom to do as one pleases, and the outcome of responsibility for any accident will be decided by the roll of (loaded) poker dice.

Great idea, it should be implemented immediately!

Why has nobody thought of this before??

Bright Thomas
Bright Thomas
6 years ago

I was on Shamal Road few weeks ago and I saw at least 4 instances of crazy driving – one that almost resulted in a crash! That long stretch needs enforcement along with the Wakra expressway!

Phones are definitely a major distraction, but attitude & respect comes above that. Education has do be done for the new generation & new expats and existing drivers. Limit new licences to an engine size?

I doubt our comments are reaching the right ears.

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
6 years ago

These Land Cruisers sound inherently unsafe. Why are people driving them?

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago

LCs are, for the most part, an inherently safe and capable vehicle.

It is the ‘main fuse’, between the steering wheel and the control pedals, which is highly defective, and prone to dangerous failure.

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago

Strange we have not heard from our esteemed colleagues A_QTR and MIMH on this subject…………………would be good to have a local perspective on what the Qataris think about the problem that is affecting everyone, everyday, every time you get into a car.

KingOfKings
KingOfKings
6 years ago

life is cheap in Qatar. Unless if you are a Qatari.
If you kill an Indian or any Asian, you pay 200,000 but if a Qatari dies, you pay millions and the jail sentence is WAY more!

bleh!!
bleh!!
6 years ago

here is a video for everyone to watch
“From One Second To The Next” A Film By Werner Herzog – It Can Wait
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0

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