August 9, 2007


It was wonderful being back in Jordan. The people are still exceptionally warm and hospitable and there is no comparison to this anywhere in the world.

Amman has not only grown in size, but has also become fast-paced and will soon be, if not already, a top, thriving city.

Despite this, the driving conditions are unacceptable. This is where the generosity of the people ends. Speeding, recklessness, selfishness are just a few attributes of the average driver in Amman.

The fact that an accident happens every few seconds should be an eye-opener (last year, Jordan experienced over 800,000 road accidents).

The Ministry of Transport must swiftly set up a system of ticketing reckless drivers. Speed must also be monitored and more speed bumps added wherever needed. Lights should also mark merging lanes.

It may take some time, but it can be done.

Since Jordan is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, not only when it comes to birthrates but also to the number of visitors from other countries, I’m sure this presents a challenge that can be tackled.

Kelly Abu Azzam, US Jordan Times

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