If we look back at 2013, there were 11,552 injuries according to the Lebanese Red Cross so the number has increased by almost 3000 this year which is huge! As far as the kills and accidents are concerned, I couldn’t find the full 2013 report but I assume the numbers are up this year as well.
I tried to compare the LRC statistics to the ones published by Kunhadi (via the ISF), but they don’t match at all. In fact, Kunhadi registered lower crashes (3420) and injuries (4690) this year, but 537 fatalities which is twice as much as the number reported by the Red Cross.
I don’t know which numbers are more accurate, but the sure thing is that road safety is still a major problem in Lebanon and the Lebanese authorities as well as all the NGOs concerned should be taking further measures. In fact, I think NGOs should cut down a bit on the awareness campaigns and take further practical measures on the roads, like installing safety barriers, fixing potholes or covering them, or even setting up checkpoints with the help of the ISF or municipalities on dangerous roads.
I am assuming this is a municipality car but they shouldn’t have their lights on and a Dubai license plate while driving here.
I saw this video yesterday on NekatLebanese18‘s instagram account then I remembered I had posted about him already before when he pulled a similar stunt on the Dora highway. However this time, he apparently made there’s a policeman looking at him.
Since he’s not only an idiot but an arrogant one, the ISF should arrest him, destroy his bike and forbid him from driving any bikes or cars for a long time. Check out the video [here].
PS: The hotline you should call is 1720.
We all enjoy drinking on New Year’s Eve and we tend to overdo it which is fine but it’s never okay to drink and drive, even if you’ve only had one drink. You should always have a designated driver in case you need to go back home, but it’s preferable to stay home (or wherever you are) tomorrow night or take a taxi. If you can’t afford a taxi, the Ministry Of Interior and The Traffic Management Center, with the help of Alfa and the cooperation of The General Syndicate of Lebanon’s Taxi Drivers, launched the «ما تشرب و تسوق…ارجع بتاكسي مجاناً» to make sure everyone gets home safely.
This being said, “ما تكون بلا راس السنة” and take a taxi if you must. Otherwise, enjoy your night and happy new year everyone!
Update2: Carfax is not blocked in Lebanon as it’s giving the same message in other countries. It’s probably an internal technical issue or something related to their servers.
Update: Carfax.eu is still working
A friend asked me yesterday night if I was able to open carfax and it didn’t open but I thought it was down or something.
As it turns out and as reported by Ralph From BlogOfTheBoss and Rami, the Lebanese Authorities may have blocked carfax for some reason as it is not accessible on all ISPs.
The driver who ignored the red light should be put in prison. Let’s set up an example for others to follow since the authorities wish to implement a new traffic law.
I saw the pictures yesterday online and Elie shared with me a video showing the car burning near ZWZ Jal el Dib on the highway. It doesn’t look like it hit anything so I am not sure why it’s on fire.
Update: Yasa updated the title and added “Very Dangerous And Illegal Driver”. Thank you Yasa and Captain Moutran for the follow up.
I love Yasa and the work they are doing but one of their recent posts on Facebook caught my attention. They shared a video of some idiotic motorist who’s showing off on the highway and wrote a title that says ” بالفيديو لبناني مجنون يذهل الناس احكم بنفسك”. If I didn’t know what Yasa stood for, I would think they were complimenting this guy, specially when they mentioned that he had a “casque” on his head.
I think what’s even more surprising is how no one arrested this guy as he was showing off on a crowded highway (Dora) during the holidays where policemen should be all everywhere to help with traffic congestion.
Check the video [Here].
I believed the news for a second but it turned out to be a stunt from the Lebanese ISF on Twitter. Santa was helping the officers in their road safety awareness campaign.
I went down to the bank to pay my mecanique fees today but the teller told me that there are fines that I have to go check at the Nef3a and pay first . I went to the ISF website to see if I have any pending speed tickets but didn’t find any. I don’t remember getting any speed ticket and I didn’t park anywhere illegal to get parking fines so I am not sure what this is about. I think I’d rather pay late fees than drive to Nef3a during this week.
In all cases, I think it’s about time we make this whole procedure online.