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We believe in destiny and fate and ask Allah for patience in time of misfortune, but road accidents have (human) causes that must be examined thoroughly and continuously. Such causes vary in the UAE and in some countries that witness continuous changes in construction, building and roads, in movement and congestion and in the number of population. May Allah bless the souls of the victims of the last two road accidents in the Sultanate of Oman. The call is for everyone to be careful, abide by the traffic rules and respond to the awareness campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Interior and its various bodies.

One recent call which took place by mere chance but could be used as evidence on the alertness of our security bodies was the call addressed to the UAE people urging them to abide by the speed limits everywhere especially in the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the person exceeding the speed limit, according to the law, would be detained for 48 hours.

The Ministry of Interior statistics showed that 56 children were killed and 1,040 injured in road accidents over the past three years. This figure might be less than previous ones or in comparison to neighboring countries but is still shocking and needs to be addressed. Efforts need to be doubled to address the traffic phenomenon that unfortunately turned over the past years into a scary and deadly phenomenon. Fifty six children are traffic victims over the course of three years, not to mention those injured who exceeded a thousand including ones who definitely, though partially, became disabled. Causes might be simple and preventable. Scientific and objective addressing of the problem is urgently needed and this is not in conflict with our belief in the Acts and Decree of Allah.

Ibn Al Deira, Al Khaleej Newspaper
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