Someone I follow on snapchat took this photo and I was in surprise. Nevermind that a kid in a hoverboard is strolling the street, he actually took the liberty to wait for the green traffic light. I love how he’s minding his own business with his headset on and browsing his phone as if he was in a car. Times have changed, a lot.
Thought I’d share my experience when I got so fed up of seeing non-disabled people parking at the supermarket’s disabled parking spot few days ago. The experience was insightful, in a good and a bad way. It was sad to see how frequently people parked there and good to see they knew what they were doing was wrong after being confronted.
I was heading to my car when I saw a girl get in the parking spot in the photo above, I stood infront of the pole and pointed at the logo. She politely left the spot and I went inside the mall to get a few things from the shop. Few minutes later I come back to see an Indian driver parked there.
The driver wasn’t disabled either, he left the car and looked in a hurry. I confronted him about his mistake and he was quick to admit he knew it was wrong but he was in a hurry and wouldn’t take more than a few minutes to leave. His mentality of the situation is wrong and it’s shared by many, it’s not about how long you take to leave, it’s about you parking in a designated spot that is not for you, regardless of whether you need a minute or an hour to finish your task, it’s simply wrong to park there.
After a few minutes of arguing he gave me a pissed off face, said something I couldn’t hear and went inside the car to park somewhere else. Right after he left an old lady parked in that spot and she looked fine, there was no disabled sticker on the window that I could spot.
The Ministry of Interior just launched a traffic awareness campaign where instead of punishing speed violators they are rewarding law abiding people. Only ten people will win KD 300, the campaign is open for both citizens and expats. One of the rules of the campaign is the person shouldn’t have any traffic violations over the last three years, good luck with that.
If you think you qualify you can sign up [here].
Their campaign video felt more like an Audi commercial