Safety First

Wheeling ahead

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Summer picking up and also it’s time to save on daily living expenses. Many are opting to cycle their way to work. You can get to see here the big brothers trying to show their power ahead. Motorised two-wheelers that doesn’t require any registration are increasing in numbers. Watch your way when you are on the wheels as many of these riders do not follow any safety rules and just zoom past on signals, even when it is red.

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Suicidal acts for publicity should be discouraged

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It is absolutely a suicidal act craving for personal publicity. Public display and wide dissemination of these type of acts through print and online media, in particular social media create an urge in young minds to try and do a similar or different type inviting possible chances of death or permanent injuries.
I suggest the videos should be removed from the web and those who do such things should be punished so that there is a sense of fear among others who may attempt such things in future and prevent them from doing so. Congratulations to Dubai Police for taking the first step to warn such people.

Letters to the editor, The National dated 20 February 2017 on the topic

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from Cayan Tower

Shine a light on E10 roadworks

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The continuing roadworks on the E10 from Shahama to Abu Dhabi are creating confusion, especially near the airport.

There is poor lighting in this area, where the road narrows yet many drivers continue to speed.

There is no signage to advise drivers to reduce their speed, adding to the dangerous driving situation.

 I hope that the authorities will place adequate warning signs and increase the lighting in this area.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Letters to the Editor: The National Dt 22 August 2016

Fast forward for Abu Dhabi Emergency Service vehicles

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The move by Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport to introduce emergency vehicle priority system that allows civil defence, ambulance and rescue services to send signals to lights as they approach them is meant to improve efficiency of emergency rescue operations in Abu Dhabi.

Many times I have witnessed, the emergency service vehicles from Ambulance and Fire services stuck and waiting for way to move ahead at the tip of the traffic junctions.

This may be either due to an ongoing flow of vehicle, which they are unable to intercept or even some who initiate a move even after seeing these emergency vehicles blocking them. They are clueless as to what exactly they should do.

With this improvisation of technology, if the emergency services vehicles can control the signals and block the traffic to continue and make their passage easy, there will be minimal waste of time due to obstructions.

More awareness to be created for the knowledge of all road users how to react when one is on the road ahead of emergency vehicles in such situations. This will definitely prove to be a an efficient traffic safety step.

Mind Speaks on the news in The National:

Emergency crews may control traffic lights at Abu Dhabi intersections

Rain and Thunderstorm 09th March 2016 Abu Dhabi

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Rain and Thunderstorm 09th March 2016 Abu Dhabi

UAE is experiencing bad weather these days and it is our primary objective to value safety on the roads, not only for us, but also for our fellow drivers. Safety starts before you drive, and our goal should be to see and be seen. Replace windshield wiper inserts that leave streaks or don’t clear the glass in a single swipe. Make sure all headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals are properly functioning so other drivers will see you during downpours. Turn on your headlights whenever you drive. Proper tire tread depth and inflation are imperative to maintaining good traction on wet roadways. Check each tire’s pressure, including the spare, at least once a month… and be sure to check the pressure when the tires are cold.

Also, please note to:

• Avoid Cruise Control
• Slow Down and Leave Room
• Respond carefully to a Skid

Do not take selfies while crossing the road!

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Let’s be more careful on road

As the new year begins, it’s time for many to adopt resolutions. However, most people forget about them even before the first month of the year ends.

This time, let’s not forget one thing – to avoid using mobile phones while driving and even while crossing the road.

I recently witnessed a dangerous situation in which a man paused in the middle of a busy road to take a selfie.

I hope the authorities continuously remind people about the need to use the mobile phone in a responsible manner.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Letters to the editor – The National Dt 05 January 2016

Fill it, Dig it, Forget it! – Kadugodi Whitefield Road that WORKS

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In an year how many times this small stretch of road at Kadugodi Whitefiled has been filled, digged again and then left like that! Pathetic! Even the tractor guys are finding it difficult to drive. So you can imagine how difficult it is for cars and two wheelers. The way the work for pipeline is being carried out at one point here, I feel, very soon, they will find oil here! No one can drive. Not to forget the speed at which the two wheelers ride on these roads. So, imagine the plight of those elderly or children who walk through this stretch to the Volvo Bus stand or Whitefield Railway station. Authorities – please open your eyes and do a neat job, once and for all.

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Be SAFE, OR…

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Cover page - Be SAFE orIt’s monsoon season in Kerala and raining heavily in most of the parts. It is also coinciding with the summer holidays and Eid holidays and the state is filled with tourists and residents visiting the state for short holidays.  Add to it the numerous student communities who are on transitory phase moving from one course to another. Every possible tourist destinations are full.

Due to heavy rains and the prevailing weather conditions, the sea is very rough these days. At most of the places, statutory warnings have been placed not to venture into the sea when it is rough. There are police and safety personnel in place.

However, it is often noticed that certain young individuals never follow these warnings. They do risk their life and then get themselves in dangerous situations with no possible way to come out.

An incident happened last week during my visit where a group of students from professional colleges drowned at Kovalam beach. 1 died and no information about 4 others! It is sad to know that they were warned by the safety wardens to stay away. But..

I was at another prominent beach on the same day and the situation there too was not different. The sea was rough and many were risking their life and playing in the rough sea.

This is not a one-off situation. We come across the same or different life threatening situations many times.

Why is that our youth do not respond to safety warnings with promptness and respect?

Does that show the need for including HSE as an important individual subject in our curriculum and teach children from a young age to be alert and be safe at all times.

Do you agree with me? (I value your comments).

As I update this post late night 5 days after the incident, there is absolutely no news about the 4 young professionals who were swept away by the tides of Kovalam beach. I also pray for their safe return, with little hope, and for the courage of their friends and family for any adverse news.

The same day, as I visited another beach and watched the violent sea and numerous youth ignoring safety calls, I noticed this dog relaxing on the granite boundaries, in a no emotion mood. The photo illustrated portrays the feelings, one similar to the helpless situation of the classmates of the students who went missing or dead on that day.   All efforts failed as nothing could be done at this point of time except to remain silent at the probable loss of valuable human life.

If you are in a group, the tendency to explore and enjoy will be more. But remember always “SAFETY FIRST”.

“Wherever you are, Whatever you do, Be alert, Be Safe and think always about safety with an outlook – Safety for You, Safety for Me, Safety for All.”

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
23rd July 2015

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

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Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Abu Dhabi Airport arrival is changing day by day. In the earlier days when passengers arrive, they are welcomed by two types of people. One, their or friends or family and second the illegal taxi operators hanging around. As the authorities renovated and made things beautiful at the arrival section, they also came out with a dedicated section for Taxis. No more stopping and following by unauthorized taxi operators, whose vehicle condition or status are unknown. Travel safe. Enjoy your stay in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to Abu Dhabi Airport authorities for this welcome change.