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18 October, 2005

Deira speed freak

Here's one prosecution that will surely get laughed out of court.

What judge who has spent more than 30 seconds in the sandlands will believe it possible for anyone to reach 200kmph in Deira?

"Police arrested a reckless driver caught speeding at more than 200 kilometres per hour, Deira traffic department said yesterday.

"After he was spotted weaving in and out of traffic and making dangerous manouvres, police attempted to stop him but he escaped at high speed, Captain Omar Mossa Ashoour, of Deira traffic department, disclosed."

Narrow, double-parking-blocked roads, permanent gridlock, roadworks - if anyone can average 20kmph in Deira they deserve a bloody medal.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Secret

In high powerered cars it is possible for reckless idiots to accelerate to 200kph in circa ten seconds. No laughing matter....such people kill. The minimum punishment for driving dangerously in dense areas should be summary castration ....!!!


18 October, 2005 05:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not be surprised.

BTW, how is Dubai gov. in terms of donation? Has it done anything for the Pakistani Earthquake? With all the gram and extravaganza, has it tried to help less fortunate humanity?

18 October, 2005 07:32  
Blogger samuraisam said...

"Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has declared an unlimited budget for relief efforts for the survivors of a recent earthquake in Pakistan.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation will distribute 10,000 tents and other supplies in Pakistan by the end of the week."

18 October, 2005 07:40  
Blogger Dee said...

According to Zee News ( Indian channel), UAE has already pledged $100 million towards relief efforts.

18 October, 2005 08:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In his defence the driver said that he was late for a special Iftar dinner with his beloved, aged grandmother and that was the reason he had been speeding. The judge let him off with a caution.

It could happen!

18 October, 2005 09:39  
Blogger black feline said...

Madam SD,

Brevity is my middle name..but apologies..this time i have to post this important infor for all your fans here, hope u dont mind:

Your Assistant Organizer, mayura sandeep, sent the following
message to the members of The Dubai Writers Group:

Hi DWGians!

Hope the month of Ramadan is treating you all well. Farrukh had
put up a detailed description of how you can help the
earthquake victims in Pakistan in his MB post. So, I thought I
should mail his post to you all since many of you may not
visit the site regularily.

Here goes...

We all know about the earthquake in India and Pakistan. And all
of us want to help in any way we can.

Here are a few ways you can, that I have managed to collect
from various sources like Gulf News, 7Days, ARY, and Emirates
Today. Members are welcome to add more ways in this discussion
and are encouraged to do whatever they can. Even 1 dirham
becomes 15 Pakistani rupees, so no contribution is too small.

Items required most at this point in time:
Tents, blankets, plastic sheets, mattresses, antibiotics,
typhoid medications, fracture and First Aid related kits,
surgical instruments and water purification tablets.

Relief centres and collection points
If you want to contribute in kind, that is, drop off material
that is needed in the relief effort, you can do so at the
locations listed below.

Abu Dhabi
Pakistan Embassy [Tel: 02-4447800]
Pakistani School

Pakistani Community School

Al Ain
Pakistan school

Pakistani Consulate premises [Tel: 04-3973600]
Pakistani Association [Tel: 04-3373632]

ARY & Hum FM Vehicles at after sunset:
Deira- Next To DNATA parking Bur Dubai
Karama: Opp LULU center

139, Building 9, Phase 3 Dubai Media City - Tel: 04 366 4888

ARY Jewellery Locations:
Deira City Center, Jewellery Court - Tel: 04- 2940101
Gold Souk Deira - Tel: 04-2258462
Meena Bazaar, Cosmos Lane - Tel: 04-3555447
Naif Road Branch - Tel: 04- 2290931
Gold & Diamond Park, Sheikh Zayed Road - Tel: 04-3478498
Millennium Airport Hotel, Airport Rd - Tel: 04-2829832

Pakistani Community Welfare Association

ARY & Hum FM Vehicles at after sunset:
Sharjah-Behind Choitram Super Market

ARY Jewellery Locations:
Gold Center Sharjah, Al Wadha Street - Tel: 06-5664551
City Center Sharjah - Tel: 06-5397769

Pakistani Business Group is also collecting relief goods.

Contributions in cash
President's Relief Fund Account with UBL [0103726-5]

Also, in association with Red Crescent Society, Emirates Today
newspaper is donating one dirham when you buy their issue.

Most importantly, in addition to any help you can afford,
please remember to pray to God for those who have passed away
and for those who remain with their memories. May God grant
them the courage and strength to go through these trying times.

Let's do whatever kindness we can, today.

N one knows what tomorrow will bring.

18 October, 2005 10:40  
Blogger black feline said...

i think it is possible..pardon me if im wrong..Deira is not all narrow lanes right? what about those roads after u alight from the abras? near the chamber of commerce..etc highly possible in those roads!

18 October, 2005 10:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those posting about donations to Pakistan, GET A LIFE! First off, it's off the topoic. Secondly, why all this hate and envy "With all the gram and ... " gimme a break. The UAE donate more than most countries do but unlike many, they don't make a big fuss about it.

Now, speeding in Deira is quite possible. I could do a 160kph on some roads.. though not sure I could reach the 200kph in mine.. lend me a ferrari and we'll see what I can pull off ;)

On a serious note, someone going at such a speed in a non-highway should be taken to jail with his/her car impounded. It is a clear intention to kill.

18 October, 2005 12:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone who is caught travelling at that speed in a built up area who is clearly showing a blatant disregard for every other human being in the area should be locked up and the key thrown away. One of Dubai's many problems are individuals such as the one in the article who care only for themselves - they are immune to the dangers they pose to others. It's a me, me, me and f*@k the rest of you attitude and it stinks. Whilst I understand that it is Ramadan, this is no excuse for what is tantamount to attempted murder.

18 October, 2005 13:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was on the road to Academic City when he was chased by the Deira police.

They didn't get his plate or anything, since they do not chase Ferrari/Lamgorghini class cars, but they said they still managed to track him down by the make of his car, since there aren't that many cars that can do 200+.

18 October, 2005 13:51  
Blogger Keef said...

Now here's the thing. Deira is everything to the east of the Creek, and Bur Dubai is everything to the west.

Theoretically, they would meet again somewhere on the opposite side of the planet. So that's a lot of roads to go speeding on.

18 October, 2005 15:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most cars can do more than 200+

However, whether most cars could do 200+ in Deira is another question.

A little bit of a flippant attitude to take to a very serious matter. Would you laugh at someone caught doing 200kph in your street?

Also - I'm afraid the UAE has been singing from the rooftops about it's donations (generous as they are), as they are perfectly entitled to.

18 October, 2005 15:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

200kph/125mph is quite easily attained now in a mid range Ford Mondeo.

I'd say that at least 50% of the cars on the road could achieve the figure if not in the confines of Deira.

It's just a supremely selfish act to drive at these speeds on a public highway. Should be jail time at the minimum.

What nationality was it?

18 October, 2005 15:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meant to add.

According to Gulf News, the driver was 17, and didn't have a driving licence either.

He was driving a Lexus sports car.

18 October, 2005 15:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The driver was a UAE national, not sure that's entirely relevant though as I've seen plenty of ex-pats bombing down the roads in Porsches etc at 240+

18 October, 2005 15:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the Dubai govt has as always been very kind to the people of Pakistan, as has the entire UAE.

As for you Mr. Mohamed Elzubeir who said...
"For those posting about donations to Pakistan, GET A LIFE! First off, it's off the topoic. "

Whether or not it's off the "topoic" (sic)you need not be so harsh and petty. One post on this site in the interest of thousands of people shouldn't make you squirm so.

You get a life pal. Grow up and mature.

18 October, 2005 19:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard/read/dreamt that he was speeding in Al Warqa area, which is behind Emirates Road close to Mirdif area. I live in that area and can confirm that this is NOT an isolated incident. I hear the screeches followed by bumps...then sirens, helicopters etc, etc all night long, all day long...just all the time. It is truly time that they locked up the parents, this is the only way. Fining them, or even confiscating the vehicles is fruitless. Hit them where it hurts.(I have some good ideas on that one).

18 October, 2005 22:19  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I heard/read/dreamt that he was speeding in Al Warqa area

Yes - some others have pointed this out. I wrongly imagined him doing 200k around the winding streets round the Gold Souq/"darkest depths of Deira" area.

Which would have been pretty impressive... ;)

18 October, 2005 23:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until you work and can afford to buy your own car, maybe even a new one, you scrape along with half dead second hand set of wheels that you and a couple of friends bring to life each weekend again and again, work evenings and deduct from your pocket money for the fluids and the spares ... right?

Wrong - Daddy buys you a sports car before you can walk, or have a driving license, so you can kill yourself as quickly as possible. The police impounds it, he buys you another one. Then it is a family tragedy when you splater yourself and some innocent bystanders all over the road.

I am beginning to think that the old saying about the IQ times available bank balance being constant is true.

19 October, 2005 11:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people should show more tolerance against speedsters this month.

19 October, 2005 12:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon@12.20

what a wonderful thought provoking statement that is?

Are you in the late teens? - IQ wise and age wise

19 October, 2005 12:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh how i wish to be so thick.....let us be tolerant because it is Ramadan and as most people know it is the best time to die........if they are going to do it anyway...then choose the right time when the gates to hell are closed.


19 October, 2005 12:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He was driving a Lexus sports car."

Which one is that then? If they're talking about the SC430 then they need a lesson in what constitutes a sports car.

It's rubbish!

19 October, 2005 13:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that a 288-hp V8 Engine very well defines a sports car.

19 October, 2005 14:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

methought only Khaleej Times had a trumpet of its own - "your favouirte No 1 newspaper." Now it has company. Gulf News apparently is "the giddy professional pinnacle."
The full quote: "It is a depressing inevitablity for almsot any journalist - even one that has scaled the giddy professional pinnacle that is Gulf News -.... " Gulf News Tabloid Page 5

Since when did reporters think themselves better than those they interview, even if it is Gulf News?

19 October, 2005 14:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An American tourist was riding in a taxi in Dubai. As the taxi approached a red light, the tourist was shocked to see the driver drive straight through without even slowing down. Surprised as he was, he didn't say anything feeling himself a "guest" and not wanting to make waves. The trip continued without event until the next intersection. This time the light was green and, to the American's dismay, the cab driver brought the vehicle to a grinding halt. Unable to contain his astonishment, he turns to the driver.

"Listen." he says, "When you went through the red light, I didn't say anything. But why on earth are you stopping at a green light?"

The driver looks at him as if the American was deranged: "Are you crazy?!", he shouts. "The other guy has a red light! Do you want to get us killed?"

19 October, 2005 22:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was driving a Lexus SC300TT, also known as a Toyota Soarer by anyone familiar with JDM cars. The wimp driving it could've got it to 200 easily as it runs a 2JZ, 3 litre straight six with twin turbos pumping about 300 equine equivalents.

21 October, 2005 00:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'I think that a 288-hp V8 Engine very well defines a sports car.'

Really? That's about the same output as a top of the range Jeep Grand Cherokee. Silly statement.

The SC430 is not a sports car. It might be a sporty car - or rather an overweight, soggy handling, bling barge - but it would be highly embarressed by many cars with a lot less specific output that can handle well.

The Soarers are easily modded and do go like stink... until the road gets bendy but that's not really a problem here.

22 October, 2005 10:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a real shame that what few true locals that are left in the UAE are dieing on our roads every week (without fail).
I have NO respect for speeding tailgating idiots NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE .... Remember there is a choice between Heaven & HELL!

04 November, 2005 20:11  

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