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06 June, 2006

Highway to hell

As the Day of the Beast, 6-6-6, dawns, it is time to farewell a much-revered, uniquely Dubaian tradition. Alas! The 200kmph "look no hands! no eyes!" text-message is headed for a dusty death:

Brigadier Eisa Aman Obaid, Deputy Director of Traffic, Dubai Police, said motorists who held their mobile phones to their ear while driving would be reprimanded by police ... and stronger measures were being considered.

He said there was nothing in the traffic law which bans motorists from using their mobile phone while driving.

No more will sandlanders be able win radio competitions by SMS as they roar down the hard shoulder of Sheikh Zayed, the speed-alarm beeping a lovely cross-rhythm to a dance track on Dubai FM.

But just one suggestion. It might be a good idea for Dubai police to get the laws in place before they start rounding up mobile-driving miscreants. Otherwise, what exactly are they going to charge them with?



Blogger Shaper85 said...

You know, I always thought that there was at least a fine for driving while speaking on a mobile phone without a hands-free kit, but then again I guess the number of people I used to see who would speak on their phones without hesitation knew that there wasn't. I guess that law exists only in Sharjah then.

06 June, 2006 05:01  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

And incidentally, Happy 06/06/06 :O

06 June, 2006 05:01  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

How right you are!

But I really thought that there was some sort of regulation regarding mobile use while driving. A couple of years ago, cops were stopping drivers who used their phones while driving, and they used to fine them (in Abu Dhabi...not sure about Dubai).

I had no idea that there wasn't an actual law! Weird...

06 June, 2006 12:43  
Blogger Parv said...

NO to Dialing and Driving. If you must drive, please make sure you have a designated Dialer.

06 June, 2006 16:22  
Blogger Seabee said...

Surely they could be charged with dangerous driving - we must have a law for that. Mustn't we?

06 June, 2006 16:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other news gulf news has finally started asking the right questions

At last

06 June, 2006 17:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see Nicholas Coates has finally shed his Winston Smith Persona

06 June, 2006 19:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant gulf News headline:
Labourers refuse to work citing 'heat'

I just love the use of the ironic quotation marks. As if they're saying - You think this is hot, you shirkers?

Well, yes actually, I think that by any frame of reference Dubai's current climate could be described as 'hot'.

06 June, 2006 20:44  
Blogger BuJ said...

didn't they ban the use of hands-not-free mobiles a few yrs ago only to repeal the law a few months later coz it was so difficult to enforce?

07 June, 2006 11:46  
Blogger CG said...

Talking on my mobile has already been replaced with browsing the internet on my laptop/watching a dvd/sewing up the hems of my trousers (NO silly, not the ones I am wearing)...and various other tasks as traffic grinds to halt in the ever-growing congested city.

I wonder if they have enough tickets in their book for me.

07 June, 2006 12:06  
Blogger Harsha said...

I know someone who's been fine'd for talking on the mobile while Dubai.. a coupla years ago..

20 June, 2006 11:10  

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