Sometimes I wonder if the people in charge of fixing our roads are so damn blind that they are unable to see a huge pothole like this one. It’s been there for months now and it’s still expanding and no one’s fixing it. I will tag the TMC team to see if they will do something about it.
Al-Jomhouria posted today statistics related to cars stolen over the past five years in Lebanon. I assume the source is the ISF since the numbers match for the years 2009 and 2010 but the ISF stats are not yet updated.
As you can see, the number of stolen cars has almost doubled between 2012 and 2013 and there are around 5000 cars that haven’t been returned and that we know nothing about. The sad part in all this is that the sides that are behind most of the car thefts are apparently well known, but nothing can be done to stop them.
The Masrou2a App I had posted about previously would definitely help identify the bad guys, and lead the cops to the source, but it’s useless if there’s no green light to arrest these criminals.
I spotted workers sitting in the trunk of a Beirut Municipality truck few months back as well.
Billy Karam’s awesome toy car collection makes it to AutoBlog.
It’s common for auto enthusiasts to have a few miniatures of their favorite cars around their home or office. They provide a respite of happiness knowing that if you can’t have the real things, at least you can look at them in miniature. However, Billy Karam of Beirut, Lebanon, has taken collecting toy cars to its extreme. His collection of over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest collection of car toys.
“You cannot buy the big ones, so you buy a thousand of the small ones instead,” says Karam in the video. [Link]
Picture via LebanonFiles
It doesn’t look like the smartest thing to do if he doesn’t want to be spotted. I remember Walid Jumblatt once drove to the parliament in a small Renault.
I was surprised to see an ISF officer in the report complaining about the separator and how the authorities should fix this problem the soonest. It’s like an employee telling his bosses that they are not doing a good job.
In all cases, and until the separator is fixed, a good idea would be to put some signs to alert the drivers to slow down specially at night. By the way, the Dora (Facing the Forum De Beyrouth) and City Mall (Maritime road) separators are no better and should also be fixed.
[High-Res] via KunHadi
The Lebanese Traffic Management Center published the number of accidents that took place in 2013 month by month. The total was 3204 accidents, causing 4301 injuries and 560 casualties. August was the deadliest month with 78 kills. I usually check stats on KunHadi’s website (see above) but the December numbers are missing.
Even though the number of casualties is almost the same, the total number of accidents is down by 30% from 2012 which is good news!
Let’s walk under it and risk our lives.
At least the car is not a gold digger going after a Porsche.