Monday, March 25, 2019

Fact Not Fiction

Adam Kechil is a well known local TV Host and Personality who tirelessly campaigns for road safety in the UAE.  Below are his words on the situation ....

"When I deliver road safety training people have noticed that I never say the word ‘accident’ when referring to the carnage that occurs on the world’s roads. This in itself is no accident; I deliberately avoid using the word. I opt, instead to use a word best describing the factual event that has taken place; a CRASH!!

The word accident implies that the crash was unavoidable. Accidents do occur in everyday life, but not in driving. It is applicable here in the UAE as much as elsewhere in the world. If it is not an accident, why then do crashes happen? Lack of concentration is the main cause for all crashes, including those that result in death. The Police know this all too well. When they turn up to an incident involving a third party, one or more of the drivers may pass a comment such as “the other driver came from nowhere” or “I didn’t see him” or even the best one, “Officer when I looked he wasn’t there”.

The drivers who make the above statements are not lying, they believe what they saw to be true, but how can someone else appear from nowhere? Well actually, as we all know that is just impossible. Driving needs 100% concentration 100% of the time, however it has become the norm here for people to attempt to do their business development by phone whilst driving.

In fact it seems to be acceptable to do anything else, whilst driving, apart from concentrate on the driving task. Even stray thoughts about what you plan to do when you arrive at work or what you are planning for that evening can mean that you miss a vital piece of driving information.

The problem is that when the media use terminology like; ‘accident’, it can soften the impact of what has actually happened. When there is an aviation disaster the media reports a plane crash not accident and yet according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road deaths are second only to AIDS as the leading cause of ill health and premature death worldwide among men aged between 15 and 44. It is a shocking statistic but I will not apologise for using it, as I do not believe in softening something as serious as needless death. However, while the world’s leading medical experts are working together to tackle the AIDS problem, there is still too few people like me who are dedicated to raising awareness so as to save lives.

Most of the people reading or hearing these comments are expatriates, who are here to make a better life for themselves and their families, so keep that in mind. Remember driving is a means to an end, not an end resulting in you going home to your country and your family in a body bag.

When you drive, concentrate for the whole journey"

Adam Kechil Dip DI, M inst MTD, MAIRSO
Road Safety, Driver Training & Instructor Training Consultant

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