Had my first car accident in the UAE. The gentleman driving behind me was 'checking emails' on his blackberry while driving at 70kms (approx 43 miles). The speed limit on this stretch of road is 100km (62 miles)
Here is him just after he hit us (don't think he braked at all):
...and here is me:
On the positive side, AD Police and Saaed were very professional and courteous to deal with.
Moral of the story? Do not use your mobile phone while driving, specially not for checking emails.
....'Women driving too slowly' blamed for causing accidents (according to a study by the UAE Ministry of Interior). Extracts from the story published in The National:
"Slow motorists cause accidents when frustrated commuters, perhaps anxious to get to school or work on clogged roads, try to overtake lagging vehicles, the Ministry said, with women apparently being identified as frequent culprits."
"Omayya al Sayegh, a driver and housewife, said women were generally bad drivers. “They’re slow and they lack concentration,” she said. “If you see anyone driving aimlessly from left to right and not knowing where to go, you can tell that she’s a woman.”"
It has been raining consistently for the last couple of days and it has turned downtown AD into a giant traffic jam:The picture above is of Electra Street (Zayed 1st) at around 9:30a.m. on Sunday. It was so much fun driving to work today! http://iffir.blogspot.com
If you looked at the picture above and guessed, "Zayed the 1st" or "7th Street" then you would be wrong. No one uses those names. The road is actually called 'Electra', which appears no where on any signs or any maps. Not sure why. I have heard, this same road, further across the island, is called "Nagda Street'.