Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 February 2019

Is it impossible to tame the jet-skiers?

Readers express their frustration over unruly jet-skiers. Other topics: jaywalking, midday break, building insulation, c-section
Readers express frustration over the lack of action against unruly jet-skiers. Jaime Puebla / The National
Readers express frustration over the lack of action against unruly jet-skiers. Jaime Puebla / The National

It’s sad that despite so many people complaining about unruly jet-skiers, no action has been taken so far. (Jet-skiers continue to harass Al Raha residents, June 6). It’s not just about the noise levels, it’s about the crazy people who are causing problems every day for people on the beach and scaring children. No one can swim or kayak because of them. Their actions must be tamed.

Joanne Bailey-Black, Abu Dhabi

When I see people taking their children for a ride in kayaks and then the turbulence that jet skis cause in the water, I am scared that an accident will happen any moment.

Abdool Latiff Shah Nawaz, Abu Dhabi

I moved away from Al Raha as I didn’t want to pay high rents and have to put up with the noise. It’s been my best move ever. Vote with your feet to get action.

Dan Baltrusaitis, Abu Dhabi

Be tough on jaywalkers, too

Pedestrians trying to dodge cars on busy roads when crossing at undesignated points are all too common a sight.

The risky practice of jaywalking has to stop. Not only can it prove fatal for pedestrians, it’s dangerous for motorists, too, because they could face conviction if they caused a death.

It is important that pedestrians take responsibility for their safety. They must ensure that the road is clear and it is safe for them to cross rather than relying on motorists to stop and give way.

In an ideal situation, motorists as well as pedestrians would be alert and drivers would slow down near crossings, subways, footbridges and residential areas so that even if they were surprised by a pedestrian, they could avoid a major accident. And pedestrians should make it a habit to cross only at designated points.

Many accidents involving pedestrians could have been prevented had they been more careful. There have been many occasions that I have had to stop for pedestrians crossing at will at undesignated points, ignoring the traffic and expecting motorists to stop. People tend to blame drivers for everything, which is wrong.

Unless we learn to be accountable for our own safety, the roads cannot become safer. The authorities must crack down on jaywalkers.

Fatima Suhail, Sharjah

Don’t delay the midday break

With the temperature consistently remaining high, I would suggest the midday break be implemented with immediate effect. If you visit a construction site, you will notice how exhausted the workers are. It’s also necessary to ensure they get an adequate supply of water.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Insulate homes to save energy

Coming from a cold country, where double or triple glass windows and insulated walls are the norm, what strikes me is the lack of insulation in houses here. (Agree on degrees, June 3). As a result, loads of energy is wasted.

Andreas Bohlin, Abu Dhabi

Different views on c-section

I do not want a c-section unless my baby is in distress and it’s the last option (A c-section cannot be a lifestyle choice, June 7). I gave birth to my son naturally (with gas and air and a local anaesthetic for forceps and episiotomy) and yes, it hurt afterwards, but the pain was manageable.

I could still drive, walk, pick up my son and do everything I needed to. This time, too, I want a natural birth and have made it clear to my doctor and the hospital, but if someone wants to be sliced open and have her baby that way, then so be it.

Laura Masson, Abu Dhabi

I think this is very much a private health care issue with people paying for what they want. But I feel that it’s like the breastfeeding debate – it’s all down to your situation and your physical ability. I was back training in the gym with my personal trainer six weeks after my second c-section. But then everyone is different. No two pregnancies are the same and therefore, no two birthing experiences. I will be having more children and they will be c-sections. It’s what I know.

Laura-Jayne Gilmore, Dubai

Updated: June 7, 2015 04:00 AM