“We will raise a request to the Dubai Police Chief to ban road parade celebrations that have done more harm than good. In the light of the recent National Day road parades, we noticed that some of the celebrating members of the parade have committed many acts which can be hazardous or distressing,” Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of the General Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
We all remember the “Chaos of Joy“, which happened on the national day. The misery, disrespect, accident, filth, dirt, disregard and neglect to the people around them. Alot of complains were spread and we all heard about it in a way or another.
Celebrations going overboard do more harm than good, says Dubai Police official
So because of such behavior from some people Dubai Police are suggesting that motorists be banned from staging celebratory road parades because of the hazardous behaviour of some participants.
Did you know?
Dubai Police issued 661 fines during the National Day celebration. Some fines were issued to motorists in absentia. All the fines were issued on December 2 and 3 between 10pm and 4am, with all of these fines issued on Jumeirah, Al Mamzar and Al Dhiyafa roads. Statistics from Dubai Police:
- 145 were issued for obstructing traffic
- 108 for causing noise
- 91 for over-decorating vehicles
- 124 for driving in a dangerous and reckless manner that endangers lives
- 37 for littering.
Statistics from all over UAE:
- 5 Deaths
- 57 Injuries
- 45 Accidents
- 17,246 Fines
“We are considering banning the parades for several reasons. One is the havoc these road parades cause, second is the air and noise pollution that disturbs many of the residents and of course the littering left behind after these parades. The third reason is many people’s lives were endangered by some of the reckless acts done in the name of the celebration,” Maj Gen Al Zafein said.
We said in an earlier post …. “There is nothing wrong with car or walking parades, unfortunately it is what people chose to display from behavior that outdoes joy and reaches to misery, disrespect, disregard and neglect to the people around them.” and this was again said by Maj Gen Al Zafein:
“I don’t object to celebrating a festive occasion, but it should be done in a civil manner… If road parades were done in a civil manner without the dangerous acts done by some of the youth we wouldn’t raise such a suggestion,” Maj Gen Al Zafein said.
According to traffic rules, cars with significant changes in their appearance – even if they are done in celebration – will be impounded for 30 days besides a fine of Dh500 slapped on their owners. Noisy cars are also dealt with in the same manner. Driving dangerously attract a fine of Dh2,000 besides 12 black points ….
Not to forget also, a set of rules were in the papers and all over the net before the national day!
Is this how we celebrate? It’s not wrong to celebrate, but in a respected civilized way and behaviour. There are many different ways to show joy and celebrate. The National Day is a day of joy, happiness and pleasure why make it a day of grief and tears? Is this Patriotism? Patriotism and the love of our country is in our heart and by obeying orders given to us, this is not what a civilized citizen who loves his country would do, because this behavior is suicidal and is also forbidden by Islam.