Monday, February 25, 2008

Tough measures

On March 1st, the UAE is implementing tougher laws when it comes to reckless driving.

According to this article:

On March 1, the new Unified Federal Traffic Law comes into effect putting in place hefty penalties for serious traffic offences as well as black points against the licence of the driver.

Basically, drivers will start earning "black points" whenever they break the law, with a maximum of 24 black points incurred in a year.

It's about time something like this was implemented, especially given the fact that 1,056 people died in 2007 alone due to wreckless driving. That's practically 3 deaths a day! Waaaaay too many lives lost!

Setting up rules and regulations is great, but the real question is, will these be enforced? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Can I come back?

I know that back in September I had declared this blog defunct, but every once in a while, I experience something or do something that makes me think "hmm...this would have been a great story to blog about"...

And so, being the indecisive Sagittarian that I am, I've decided to get back to blogging. For several reasons:

1) I actually miss it
2) Writing about certain things is actually cathartic
3) I've realised that I do not necessarily need to post every day of the week....and that people who are interested in this blog will still come back and read it whether I write 4 times a day or 4 times a month.
4) I still get e-mails from people who have come across my older posts, asking me questions about anything from living in Dubai to how they can meet Sheikh Mo (this is not a lie...I promise!)
5) It's my blog, and I can do whatever I want with it :)

So, let's just call the past 5 months a blog sabbatical... I'm now ready to resume my blogging career once again. I am back!