I don’t think we need to compare stats between this year and the previous one to realize that the new traffic law, whose implementation started back in April, is no longer working. In fact, ever since I got fined for using my phone, which I insist I wasn’t, I haven’t seen a single cop on that same road. Moreover, I’m seeing more and more people use their phone while driving, as well as others driving recklessly, going the wrong way, parking illegally etc …
To make things worse, police officers and army men are still breaking the law without being punished. The other day on the Dbayyeh maritime road, I spotted an army man driving recklessly while talking on the phone and without the seat belt on, as well as a police officer driving the wrong way on a scooter without any helmet on.
In terms of numbers, Yasa confirmed back in August that the number of accidents decreased dramatically during the first two months (April & May) but then the numbers started increasing gradually. I looked up the stats per month that Kunhadi published (taken from ISF) and they surprisingly show that the number of crashes have significantly decreased this year but the number of fatalities didn’t change much. However, if you look at the Lebanese Red Cross numbers (August 2014 vs August 2015), you will notice that the numbers are very similar.
Another Failed Attempt?
Some people may argue that the new law needs time to be applied properly but I think the reasons why it’s not working are very clear and I’ve raised them already before:
– Policemen are still breaking the law and should be punished more severely when they do so as they are role models for others to follow.
– People are using wasta to remove the fines.
– The idea from the new traffic law should be to help people become aware of the traffic law and care about their own safety, not just fine them and send the money elsewhere.
– Lebanese should know that the fines they are paying are going somewhere to improve the infrastructure.
– The law is being applied in specific areas.
I once proposed an idea to help implement the new traffic law, stop Wasta and fix roads and I’m sure there are other ways to make this law work but it doesn’t look like anyone is interested in doing so.
Just like every other law…
do you still believe in lebanon?:p
lebnem a7la balad w ma fi meno ?:p:ppppp
Admit it ,leb will go worse in the next 2 yearsss , muuuch worseeee
Are you really surprised ?
There is a problem with the seriousness of the “government”. There’s a trust issue, and a fear issue.
In order for any government to work and be “feared” or taken seriously by it’s citizens, it needs to be fulfilling all it’s duties, and then actually having the attitude in implementing the law.
Who’s gonna take the government seriously if most of its employees are unserious about implementing the law. Plus, even if it decides to strictly force the law, without even taking care of its basic responsibilities, the people will instinctually refuse.. Inno rouh 3mol kaza w kaza w kaza abel ma teje tehkeeni bi 2anoun.
There is a deep government mentality and implementation problem, and the forces on the ground couldn’t care less to start with. With such an attitude, we’ll never rise above these challenges. And I’m honestly very pessimistic that we ever will (at least not soon).
Plus, if I ever get stopped for a traffic ticket.. I will do my best to refuse paying it.
Let them first charge and discipline the people that are in charge before they try to discipline me with a ticket. The big heads are making me pay 2 electricity bills, 2 water bills, and super high bills on everything from mobile to internet, to basic needs. Roads? Transportation? 7addis wala 7araj.
Personally I’m with a full blown 3osyen madani with everyone not paying their bills until a major change occurs. In the end, you can be sure that all this money that you’re paying times 10 is going to the pockets of the people fucking us day and night. I think I’ll keep my money.