Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

Speed

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‘Speeding continues to be one of the most easily preventable safety risks on Qatar’s roads and can only be addressed with stricter enforcement, a traffic expert said in Doha this week.’

This report in the Doha News misses the fundamental problem with road safety in Qatar…which is a disregard for the rules, speed being one of them.

Queueing is normal part of any journey in Doha. Traffic signals are a long time between green so queues build up. Many driver chose to take short cuts bypassing the queueing traffic by driving along the hard shoulder and pushing in at the front.

These next two examples of crazy driving break the rules and also demonstrate the impatience of many road users.

Here the driver had jumped the line of cars by driving up the wrong side of the road, then over the triangle to force his way into the line of traffic.

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And in this example the driver was not prepared to wait any longer and took the shortest route to wherever he intended to go.

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