Residents protest against traffic chaos in Riyadh

Residents protest against traffic chaos in Riyadh
Updated 27 October 2015

Residents protest against traffic chaos in Riyadh

Residents protest against traffic chaos in Riyadh

RIYADH: The traffic situation in the capital is getting worse by the day, with rampant use of mobile phones by motorists while driving, jumping the red light, overtaking from the wrong side and stopping in areas designated for people with special needs.
The situation is dangerous, especially for those who follow traffic rules religiously and do not wish to be victims of accidents for no fault of theirs.
“This bad attitude has resulted in accidents, verbal altercation and exchange of expletives by drivers,” Fahad Al-Harbi, a teacher, told Arab News, adding that the traffic department has to do something about it, he added.
Another resident said that on one night, he was slowly driving toward north in Riyadh, via the service road to the main highway when a car from behind cut his way, leading to an accident. “The accident happened because of his (driver’s) unwillingness to give way. Both of our cars sustained heavy damage. The damage to my car cost me nearly SR2,000,” he said. “The Saudi capital’s roads are among the best in Arab countries, if not in the world, when it comes to planning and construction,” Al-Harbi said. However, motorists don’t seem to appreciate it and ignore traffic safety, convenience of fellow motorists., he said. Another resident said that many motorists also race with other drivers even when the traffic light turns red. “They do this just to be the first to leave when the traffic light turns green. It’s no wonder if this irritation turns into verbal altercation,” he said.
If there’s heavy traffic on a certain road, motorists, specially those driving SUVs, climb the landscaped island on the left and go to Khurais Road below, in front of the King Fahd Medical City, where the traffic is bumper-to-bumper during peak hours in the morning or afternoon, he added
According to statistics, a car accident happens every second and 17 people are killed in crashes every day on an average in the Kingdom.