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‘Stop and look before joining traffic – put down the phone and cigarette too…’

I see many things on the school run in the mornings, but last week’s near miss in Jumeirah had me fuming for days. As I drove straight down the road towards a stop sign, a small white car from an adjacent road nearly plowed into me. The driver didn’t stop, or bother to look either way as she reached the end of the street. As I used my horn and looked left at the offender, I couldn’t believe my eyes. A middle-aged woman behind the wheel held a cigarette in one hand and a phone in the other. I stopped and mocked her with both hands (cigarette and phone). Of course, instead of apologising, she held both her hands back up at me in a similar fashion! Seriously honey, how were you going to drive the car with no hands? Wake up people. Stop at the end of a road when you want to join into the traffic. Try signaling for a change. Then, wait and look both ways before entering traffic. Basics, people, basics! Betsy B Dubai


  1. Similar experiences are seen on road. I come across people with the strongest egos some not giving way even though it is a chaos in front..the moment u signal and want to change lane the person at the back is offended and makes sure u are not able to go in for a u-turn or a left. Some of them will violate the traffic by standing in the 3rd lane self made with the 4×4.

  2. i have lived in the building next to the damac executive towers in tecom for the past 4 years and every night i see at least 4 floors of their offices with their lights turned on!! I have in the past tried to speak to the boys who maintain the building at night – and yet these lights are on – night after night…. Isnt this is a colossal waste of power not to mention their bottom line?


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