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Drivers and pedestrians need to take care

Readers write to Gulf News about issues affecting them and their community

Gulf News readers
17:53 October 13, 2016

Both drivers and pedestrians need to be careful

The light was already green for the driver when the woman was jaywalking (‘Woman killed after run-over accident in Dubai’, Gulf News, October 10). This means that even if she crossed in the right spot, she wouldn’t have been allowed to. As a driver in the UAE, many drive under stress after work. The minute they see green, most just hit the pedal until the vehicle reaches the speed limit. It is impossible to brake at this point and avoid collision. Also, there are blind spots, which pedestrians who have never driven a vehicle, cannot understand. Both need to be careful.

From Mr Vijay Kumar

UAE

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Watch for pedestrians

Actually, Mr Vijay Kumar, it was Friday morning so there would be no traffic on road. The driver felt free to fly. Being a driver, we must care for the pedestrians. May her soul rest in peace.

From Mr Siddique Khalid

UAE

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Not always driver’s fault

May her soul rest in peace and may the people not risk their lives jaywalking! She was walking 40 metres away from the zebra crossing when the signal was green for the cars to move. The man who was driving did try to stop his car, but couldn’t stop it from hitting her. So, anyone who was at fault was sadly the girl herself! The drivers aren’t at fault always. I’m driving myself, and I’ve had some people jumping right in front of the car to cross! I’ve felt my heart pop out of my chest many a times! It’s very scary!

From Ms Aich M. Khan

UAE

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Be cautious crossing

Ms Aich M. Khan, I completely agree with you. Many of the walkers are not cautious during road crossings and expect cars to stop even when they are not using designated pedestrian crossings.

From Mr Rizwan Khalid

Dubai

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Why swim at night?

I can swim well and I wouldn’t think of taking a four-year-old to swim at night - at 10.30pm (‘Child drowns off Sharjah beach, mother rescued’, Gulf News, October 9)! My younger son who is seven years old is in bed at that time! This is so sad! Rest in peace, little boy.

From Ms Izabella Salloum

UAE

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Be careful!

I am an experienced swimmer, but we all need to be very careful when approaching this water. The current and the way the water pulls you away from the land is very strong. So follow the signs and do not swim in areas that are very dangerous. Take care.

From Ms Monia Rafique

UAE

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Prayers for hurricane victims

My prayers are going to all those people affected by Hurricane Matthew and to all the utility crews going out to help people in distress (‘Hurricane Matthew kills almost 900 in Haiti, 4 in US’, Gulf News, October 9). I applaud everyone helping each other out in this time of need. God bless them all and protect them. I’m so sad for all those hurting, peace be with you all. Love and prayers to them all.

From Ms C. Knight

UAE

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Evacuation warnings

I can’t believe that there were people in Florida, US who were told to leave, but still they stayed. It’s so dangerous and once they realise that they aren’t safe anymore they will put others in danger. Unbelievable!

From Ms Yulia Hulia

Dubai

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Less costly, yet effective!

Being a wise consumer, generics branded painkillers will do for me (‘Which works better: Branded painkillers or cheaper generic ones?’, Gulf News, October 8). It has the same dosage as the branded ones, the same effect and the only difference seems to be the packaging. Less costly, yet effective!

From Ms Viva Rjcamilo Longalong

UAE

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Worried about the future

The whole world is messed up and people around the world have become very agitated (‘Indian village cancels Hindu play over Muslim Bollywood star’, Gulf News, October 8). The high cost of living has made people frustrated. When I think of the future and what I will leave behind for my children, it scares me.

From Mr Aftab Khan Yousafzai

Dubai

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It’s a convenience!

I used a private parking lot near the Pakistani Consulate the first time I went and I didn’t have enough coins on me (‘Private parking lots flourish in Dubai and Sharjah’, Gulf News, October 9). I didn’t know I could use my phone to pay the metre charges, so I had to go back and forth leaving my children in the Consulate and paying. The second time I went, I took three rounds of the neighbourhood and it took up 45 minutes of my time, but in the entire area I couldn’t find a single parking spot. I had to park at a private parking lot. The third and last time I went, instead of wasting my time on looking for a spot, I went straight to the private parking lot, parked the car, got my passport from the Consulate, and I was in and out of the area in about 30 minutes.

From Ms Nida Owais

Sharjah

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These are caring people

Most of the people think that introvert mean unsocial and shy (‘Leave those introverts alone!’, Gulf News, October 2). They couldn’t speak with strangers and they feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar places. Introverts are always humiliated by others. Even some people underestimate them and abuse them. In fact, introverts are very mature and sophisticated, they never like ‘small talk’ and couldn’t bear stupidity. Introverts are generally highly creative, humorous and never hurt people. They are good listeners and helpful. As they are talking less, they can judge people very well and they are very confident in what they are doing. In one thought, introverts are full of good quality in one soul. Introverts have their own world, it is very difficult to enter there and they never forget anything. So next time, when you meet an introvert, be very careful about your words.

From Ms Archana Sen

Abu Dhabi

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Aid ship being attacked

There are no limits now for the universe as a whole (‘Al Houthis undermining Yemen political efforts’, Gulf News, October 8). It is disgusting to read about an aid ship of the UAE being attacked and burnt down by Al Houthis. It is high time the United Nations (UN) Security Council united to eradicate these anti-social elements for the benefit of the planet. I keep reading of attacks and manmade disasters all across nations like Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Turkey and after every attack, there, of course, will be the UN coming forward to condemn the same. Plenty of high-level meetings happen at the UN, the need is the safety of living beings on this planet. What else can be a better priority than the mere survival of this planet for a universal body like UN? I feel it is time that the world united to fight against this terrorism. The massacres of living beings are mounting every day worldwide and we are disheartened to read about it. Young children brought into this world by the grace of God are being subjected to cruelty.

From Mr Binu Prasad

Abu Dhabi

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