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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Selfish drivers need to think of others to make roads safer

Our readers have their say about bad driving, Gigi Hadid and Benjamin Netanyahu

Our readers call for more stringent penalties for bad drivers. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Our readers call for more stringent penalties for bad drivers. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

With reference to your online video Abu Dhabi police release footage of multi-car accident to highlight deadly dangers of reckless driving (November 18), driving habits will not and cannot change until people’s attitudes change. Believing that having more money and a bigger vehicle gives one carte blanche to behave any way one likes needs to stop. Only then will these driving habits stop.

This is not unique to here, it is a phenomenon across the globe. I have seen this kind of driving in London, Paris and even in remote locations of the UK and France of late.

We need to respect one another and co-habit peacefully and show kindness. It costs nothing to let another driver in or stop at a zebra crossing.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

There are too many people driving too fast, too close. Cut that out and you will prevent a large chunk of accidents.

Neil Squibs, UAE

Bad drivers should be taken off the road altogether. No more options to retrieve your car from being impounded and no more reckless driving with only a monetary penalty issued. Also, it should be made inconvenient for them. Stop them on the roads and make them pay in person.

Issuing fines by text message and letting people pay online is not enough of a deterrent for some of the people who drive this way.

Lisa Kereliuk, Abu Dhabi

People should be educated in schools, where they can learn to drive, get practical lessons and understand the consequences of such driving.

Unless people change their mindsets, such episodes are hard to stop. I wish everyone understood that their driving could destroy someone’s family.

Mohsin Shawl, UAE

Netanyahu is fighting for survival amid political turmoil

Regarding your story Pressure builds on Benjamin Netanyahu to call early elections (November 16), The National’s article covering the ongoing crisis in Israel after the resignation of defence minister Avigdor Lieberman was incisive.

Mr Netanyahu might now be pressured to hold early elections. His ruling coalition has been left with a one-seat majority and he is now heavily dependent on finance minister Moshe Kahlon.

Whether his meetings this week to ensure his survival will bring fruitful results remains to be seen.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Model Gigi Hadid should be praised for respecting roots

In response to the story I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch: Gigi Hadid hits back at critics (November 18), in which the model has spoken out against accusations she is not “Arab enough”, I think it’s nice to see that she is true to her roots.

Hamed Afridi, Pakistan

It actually means a lot that she is making this statement. Kudos to her.

Hayfa AbdulJaber, Abu Dhabi