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Get young drivers off the road
As a teenager racks up fines worth thousands for traffic violations, Kipp decides the age of driving should be raised to protect both them and us.
August 1, 2010 1:50 by Samuel Potter
An Emirati teenager from Ajman has accumulated an incredible AED 70,000 in traffic fines, reported the Gulf Today last week.
Not bad, eh? But the feat becomes even more impressive when it is revealed that the teenager in question got his driver’s license just one year ago. That means he has successfully racked up almost AED 6,000 in fines a month, on average, since receiving his license.
The story only came to light after police placed a fine on a vehicle for breaking the law regarding tinted windows. Colonel Obaid Humaid Al Matroushi, Head of the Operations Department at Ajman Police, was quoted as saying the young man’s vehicle has been seized for a month. His violations are numerous but include reckless driving and non-compliance of speed limits.
Leaving aside a welcome influx of cash for the UAE governments coffers, this story is all bad news and it makes Kipp sick. Cars are large lumps of heavy metal that can travel at high speeds – they are dangerous in anyone’s hands. In the hand of a reckless individual they are nothing short of deadly.
Clearly this child – and we call him a child because his actions do not qualify him as a man – has no understandings of his responsibilities to himself, let alone to other innocent road users. The UAE roads are some of the most dangerous on the planet, and immature fools like this are a big part of the problem.
Kipp has come to the conclusion that the age of driving should be raised. The UAE should keep reckless individuals off the road until they are more mature and responsible. And drivers like this one – no matter what the age – should lose their license for a lengthy period, their vehicle permanently, and be forced to pay the fine. Better yet, lock them up for a while – that should get the message across.
What do you think – how should young drivers like this be dealt with? How can we make the UAE roads safer?