Dear Kuwait – Stop Rubber Necking

We have all been there; you are driving home from work, you’re tired, you’re excited, you want to get home as fast as possible to see where you will likely end up; the couch or the outside.

Suddenly, the route you take 300-something days a year is gridlocked. You start dozing off in your car, you wonder what could the reason possibly be.

As you get closer you realize – there is an accident. On the other side of the road.

Everyone is slowing down to watch.


And blog/ tweet/ insta the insanity to their friends/ followers.


Everyone suddenly becomes a roving reporter on the scene. Lets face the facts, we all did it once, or twice. Or always. With the invention of the smart phone, and 4G LTE internet, we are quick to post vids/ images live on the scene.

Asides from causing a huge traffic jam, rubber necking – the act of gawking at something, can have disastrous consequences:

A cleaner who was cleaning the scene of a traffic accident lost his leg after being hit by a motorbike on Shaikh Zayed Road, while a policeman responding to a road accident near Arabian Ranches died when he was struck by a driver while getting out of his vehicle. Investigations revealed that the driver was looking at the accident and did not see the police officer. (link)

The UK is one of the first countries to hit back against this negative trend by taking legal action against rubber necking motorists who will be charged with either driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users. (link)

It is time for Kuwait to step up and do the same; forget asking the MOI to do something about it – take an initiative and do the following:

a) Stop doing it yourself – stop taking out your phone at crashes to take pictures.

b) Tell your friends on Facebook, and your Followers on Instagram/Twitter, who post such pictures not to do so, as the consequences can be disastrous.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

PS We don’t mean this rubber neckin’:

We support this wholeheartedly!

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