Pledge to boost traffic safety after five peole killed in two days

October 5, 2010

Police investigate the tragic death of a mother and her daughter

Bahrain’s traffic authorities have pledged to boost road safety by intensifying traffic patrols and road monitoring after five people were killed in two days.

The five victims, three Bahrainis, one Indian and one Bangladeshi, were killed in four accidents on Sunday and Monday.

“We will strongly push for full compliance with traffic regulations and boost people’s awareness through a string of campaigns,” Shaikh Abdul Rahman Bin Subah Al Khalifa said. “We will also coordinate closely with all competent parties to ensure that there will be no repeat of such tragedies. As we offer our condolences to the families of the victim, we urge all people, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise the highest levels of caution,” he said on Tuesday.

Drivers in the accidents were blamed for not being cautious and for overspeeding, while one pedestrian had attempted to cross in the wrong place, traffic officials said.

On Sunday morning, Jaffar Isa Ahmed Nussaif, 63, was killed as he attempted to cross a busy highway. Five hours later, Khadija Ismail Al Hawal, 49, and her daughter Miad Aidh Ebrahim, 25, were killed after their smashed into a metal barrier.

On Monday, 27-year-old Nur ul Amin died at around 1 pm when he crashed his car and Ashok Kumar, 33, died after a car his bicycle while he was on his way to deliver laundry to customers.

Last month, a traffic official issued a warning to drivers to be cautious after Bahrain witnessed almost 600 accidents on the first and second day of school after the summer holidays.

Careless parents and a massive increase in school traffic were blamed for most of the minor collisions.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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