The most dangerous serial killer in theworld happened to be in Saudi Arabia; this serial killer murders over 17 peopleevery day (Saudi gazette, 2016). He is the reason behind the loss of ourfriends, family, and loved ones. He is costing the government of Saudi Arabiaover 21 billion Saudi Riyal annually (Saudi gazette, 2016). Unfortunately,everyone in Saudi Arabia knows the identity of this serial killer but no one isdoing anything about it. You should know by now I am talking about caraccidents.
Car accidents consider the biggest problem Saudi citizens deal withdaily. There are more than 525 thousand accident in Saudi Arabia every year(Saudi gazette, 2016). All these numbersmake you think and worry every time you get on the road to go to work orschool. Make you question yourself whether you will make it back to the houseone pies or not. However, there real questions are what are the reasons behindthese huge numbers of car accidents in Saudi Arabia.
Is vision 2030 going to doanything to change these scary numbers? Speeding below or over the speed limit,the horrible infrastructure, the new speeding monitor Saher, and the absence ofstrict rules to control truck drivers are the main reasons behind car accidentsin Saudi Arabia. The horrible infrastructure and thebad streets have been the reason of road traffic disasters and many caraccidents in Saudi Arabia over the years. Saudi Arabia made the news over andover and became famous for having one of the worst infrastructure in the world.when you live in a different country and someone hears that you are from SaudiArabia the first thing will come out of his or her mouth is “your country is sorich”. Yes, Saudi Arabia is famous for having a lot of oil money. usuallycountries that known for having money have really nice and clean streets suchas USA, China, and Japan. Well that is not true in Saudi Arabia. Jeddah isconsidered is one of the biggest cities in Saudi Arabia.
Many people come tovisit Jeddah every year because it is one of the most famous cities in thecountry. Jeddah is also famous for sinking every time a heavy rain hit thecity. It looks more like a war zone on raining days. It does not even look likethe same city.” Jeddah wasbattered by floods in 2009 and 2011, killing more than 100 people. Saudisblamed corruption and shoddy infrastructure: Billions of riyals were spent;somehow it failed to buy a decent drainage system.” (Bloomberg). Jeddah is onlyone example of many that we do not see on news and TV.
Many people know about itbecause it is one of the major cities and many people got killed because of thesad disaster. The other cities in Saudi Arabia is not any better than Jeddah.When you driving in the street everyday going to work, school, or even to thegrocery store, you will say many examples of the bad infrastructure in thiscountry. According to the website seriousaccidents.com rain is listed as one ofthe top 25 causes of accidents; it is the fifth reason in the list.
Rain by itself is one of the most five causes of car accidents, what would happen if wehave the combination of rain and bad infrastructure. Exactly what have beenhappening in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of driving. “An 18-month studyconducted by The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation examinedinformation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FederalMotor Carrier Safety Administration and other government agencies and concludedthat road problems like potholes and iced-over stretches of highway cause morethan 42,000 deaths a year. Poor driving surfaces are often caused by acombination of seasonal and traffic conditions. In Tennessee, we experienceintense seasonal shifts. These changes in weather can cause hazards likeslippery surfaces caused by rain and ice and oil spots caused by our vehicles.Construction zones with uneven pavement are also a major cause of accidents.” (GregColeman).
Our streets in Saudi Arabia are full of potholes, Construction workzones, Shoulder drop-off, and wet roads on raining days. These are the mostcoming reasons for car accidents; you can not drive a day in Saudi Arabia without running into one of them. When you driving on the high way at 120 km perhour and hit one of these potholes which all over the high way you have nothingbut to pray to god you do not end up flipping over or sliding and end uphitting a car or one of the street lights. “According to the AmericanAssociation of State Highway and Transportation Officials, as much as 50percent of America’s roads and highways are in bad conditions.
As the roadwaysthroughout the nation continue to age, a number of potential hazards emerge thatlead to countless collisions each year. While bad road effects are moreprevalent in urban areas throughout the country, rural regions must also payattention to the road conditions where they commonly travel.” (Andy Citrin).Put in mind the streets condition in Saudi Arabia is way worst. Even if you seethese wholes you can not always avoid them. Trying to avoid them make the riskof causing a car accident even higher.
Not mentioning the rainy days; you cannot even see these wholes to avoid them in the first place. Therefore, SaudiArabia need to put more afore, work, and money to fix the street infrastructurein order to avoid furthered problems and disasters. Fixing it is not going tosolve the problem all the way. However, the number of accidents due to badstreets condition and infrastructure will decrease immediately. Saher is a speed trap camera was settledin the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2010, and no one have denied that Saher hasreduced or it helped to banned the reckless people from speeding and breakingthe laws.
“Since the implementation of the automated Saher system in 2010, adrop of more than a 37 percent in deaths rate caused by traffic accidents was recorded”(Arab News, 2017). However, nothing is perfect in this world everything has agood thing and a bad thing. The bad thing about this speed trap is, believe itor not it can cause an accident, this camera box can cause deadly accidents inthe highways because of the flash light and because people try to avoid it. Thesystem of saher is working like this, when you go over the speed limit, thecamera takes a photo of the car and the license plate at the same time with thehelp of sensors to measure the speed. At night, saher take a photo withflashlight to have a clear photo, you might be thinking how is that dangerousor how it can cause deadly accidents? Well Most of our highways are not fullycover with street light, for example, the highway between Dammam and Alahsa orDammam to Khafji half of is dark you can see nothing at night. In the night,while you are driving, the speed trap can shock you with the flash light, andflash light can cause you a temporary blindness, and lose your vision for a second(WebMD, 2017) and this can cause a huge accident, in that case, the mosteffected people are the seniors. When the people are going over the speed limitin the highways and then, they observing speed trap they would try anything toavoid capturing, in this situation the most obvious reaction is to break.
However,breaking in the middle of the highway is slightly dangerous. Nonetheless,sudden breaking in the middle of highway is a thing you should never do,because it can cause you and the other people a huge and deadly accident. As aresult of sudden breaking to avoid the speed trap, an accident happened in(Burraidah) above Riyadh, 12 cars had crushed into each other and 4 people haveinjured (Mzmz, 2014). Saher system or the idea of the camera speed trap isconsidered as a new system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but the actualsystem we have in Saudi Arabia is old comparing to the other countries. Some ofthe countries, before every speed camera there is a signboard warning thedrivers to be aware that there is a speed trap camera in front of you. Thosecountries government do that to avoid accidents and sudden breaking, insteadshocking the drivers. Even the cameras, they use cameras without a flash light.Our government should replace the old system to a new better and saver speedtrap system to avoid accidents and death in the streets.
If you want to drive in the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia, you need to be aware and be careful from many things. In thestreets, you may find many obstacles like bad drivers, cracks in the streets,speed pump like a mountain. However, the most dangerous of them are the trucks.
Trucks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia caused many accidents and to the car anddeath to the people. Truck harmed 60 people and killed 16 (Habib Toumi, 2013)this is just one of many and many accidents that people have harmed or killedbecause of trucks. There are multiple reasons to make the truck dangerous inthe street and the reasons are. First, the truck drivers do not follow therules, and they switch lines in a dangerous way and without carelessly. Therules for the trucks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are very strict in term ofdriving, for example, the trucks are not allowing to be in the high way in thetime between 12PM to 5PM because this time is the rush hours. You might wonderwhy the trucks are not allowing to drive in those hours. The answer is simple.Most of the high way roads are not ready to have both trucks and cars at thesame time; the roads are narrow and has tight lines.
With those roads, thetruck become very dangerous and can be disable the movement of the cars. The issueis truck drivers they completely ignore the rule. Second reason is, many truckdrivers they lose their attention to the road because of the long hour driving.As all we know that truck drivers they drive for long hours. I saw a lot oftrucks that go to another city like Jeddah and Riyadh, and trucks have platesfrom another country like Syria, Lebanon and Jorden. Those trucks come to SaudiArabia after a long and exhausted trip, and most of them they take it with onedrive they do not stop. The trip from Dammam to Syria or Jorden takes nearly 19hours of driving, the truck drivers instead of stop for a rest or at least fora nap, they continue driving to save time and while they drive, they might fallof sleep and cause huge accidents. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggestreason of car accidents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the blame goes tothe truck drivers.
Third reason is most of the trucks in the Kingdom of SaudiArabia are not following the international safety standards. According to oursurvey, we asked more than 27 people multiple questions. The question is (Doyou agree that the trucks or the truck drivers play a big role on causingaccidents?) and the responds are 23 person said YES and 4 person said NO. Weasked in the survey a second question regarding the trucks and the truck driversand the question is. (Do you think that the government should put a timerestriction on truck drivers?) Moreover, the respond is 27 person said YES tothe time restriction and zero people choose NO, that mean the people who didthe survey are 100% agree that the government should put a time restriction andbe strict about it. Driving over the speed limit or evenbelow the minimum speed limit is one of the main factors behind car accidentsin Saudi Arabia. yes, time is money and the time you waist you can never get itback.
In this life we only get older we could never get any day we lose back. Lifeis too short you can not do everything you need to do and life can end and worknever ends. All that is true, but you better be safe than sorry. I guess peoplein Saudi Arabia understand it the wrong way. When you come to Saudi Arabia andsee how people drive you will thing they all business men and they all late fortheir business meeting. They could lose so much money by being late.
However,in fact many young citizens just drive fast for fun thinking it is the coolthing to do. This became a habit transferred from a generation to an other. Worldwide speeding is considered number two in the list of the top reasons behindcar accidents (Michael Pines). The speed limit in most Saudi Arabia’s high wayis 120 km per hour and that is very fast and dangerous.
An accident at thisspeed could cause death or bad injury. We have made an online and in person surveyamong Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad University’s students in khobar city, most ofthe students drive between 140 to 180 every day on the high way. They claimthey do not want to be late to class. In the other hand, when you hit thatspeed you are not just increasing the speed by it self. You also increasing therisk of causing car accidents, increasing the danger of an accident, and increasingthe difficulty to control your car. At that speed a small stone on the streetcould make your car slide all over the high way. Which will harm you and harmthe other drivers on the high way.
It is extremely difficult to avoid surprisessuch as accidents, car in front of you, potholes, or any object on the high waythat can cause a car crush at that speed. When a car in front of you make a suddenbreak, there is no way you can stop your car or avoid it on time due tospeeding. “Speed influences the risk of crashes and crash injuries in threebasic ways2:Itincreases the distance a vehicle travels from the time a driver detects anemergency to the time the driver reacts, so by the time you realize you need toreact, you’ve traveled closer to the danger.
It increases the braking distance.For example, If you double your speed – say from 30 mph to 60 mph – yourbraking distance does not become twice as long. It becomes four times as far.Traveling at 55 mph, it will take about 6 seconds to stop your vehicle. Thevehicle will travel approximately 302 feet before coming to a stop. That islonger than the length of a football field3. It increases the crash energy bythe square of the speeds. For example, when impact speed increases from 40 to60 mph (a 50 percent increase), the energy that needs to be managed increasesby 125 percent.
” (Texas A&M transportation Institute). In other words whenyou increasing your speed you are increasing the percentage of not making backto the house in once piece. It is totally not worth it to waist your life thatyou will never get back over making it to school or work couple minutes early.
Ifyou travel time is thirty to fifty minutes driving at high speed will not make thathuge of a different. Therefor, driving fast to get to work or school early isnot necessary and not worth it. You can always avoid that from the beginning andmange your time right; leave the house couple minutes early to get to school ontime. In that case even if you run into problems on the way you still going toget there on time. The most dangerous serial killer inthe world happened to be in Saudi Arabia; this serial killer murders over 17people every day (Saudi gazette, 2016). He is the reason behind the loss of ourfriends, family, and loved ones. He is costing the government of Saudi Arabiaover 21 billion Saudi Riyal annually (Saudi gazette, 2016).
Unfortunately,everyone in Saudi Arabia knows the identity of this serial killer but no one isdoing anything about it. You should know by now I am talking about caraccidents. Car accidents consider the biggest problem Saudi citizens deal withdaily. There are more than 525 thousand accidents in Saudi Arabia every year(Saudi gazette, 2016). All these numbersmake you think and worry every time you get on the road to go to work orschool. Make you question yourself whether you will make it back to the houseone pies or not. However, there real questions are what are the reasons behindthese huge numbers of car accidents in Saudi Arabia.
Is vision 2030 going to doanything to change these scary numbers? Speeding below or over the speed limit,the horrible infrastructure, the new speeding monitor Saher, and the absence ofstrict rules to control truck drivers are the main reasons behind car accidentsin Saudi Arabia.