“Safety First Oman – Tell Us Your Story” (English Subtitles)

“Tell us your story” is a nationwide campaign by Safety First, Oman’s leading road safety organisation, that was founded by Oman national football team captain Ali Al Habsi and international rally champion Hamed Al Wahaibi.
This video features a number of prominent people from Omani society that have lost someone or know a person that has suffered as a result of a road traffic accident. This campaign asks people all across Oman to tell their story, and experiences of the road, to raise awareness of the problem of road accidents.”  Safety First Oman launched its nationwide campaign yesterday online and at Bouscher Stadium during Oman’s incredible draw (0-0) against Australia!.  Follow Ali Al Habsi, Oman’s International goalkeeper, rolemodel and all-around humanitarian at  https://twitter.com/#!/AliAlhabsi.

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10 responses to ““Safety First Oman – Tell Us Your Story” (English Subtitles)

  1. Don’t get why companies still embark in these campaigns. How many have we seen in the past years? How many worked? None, and they will never work unless the ROP starts enforcing the law.
    A friend of a friend the other day while driving, and using her phone, in Qurum was being flashed by a taxi driver, as this friend ignored him then the taxi pulled out a siren and placed it on the roof of the taxi. The taxi driver was an undercover policeman and this friend ended up paying a fine on the spot for using the phone.
    This is the best campaign you can do. Punish people where it hurts most…their bank account.

    • Maurizio,
      I think this is a personal campaign from the two men mentioned. I know it seems there are endless campaigns that do absolutely nothing, but I appreciate this video as it tries to reach the individual on a personal level about the loss of life. I do agree with you that the only lost-lasting REAL solution is through enforcing the law. Thanks for sharing the story about the undercover taxi driver! Good to hear from you as always.

  2. I loved that video and I wish those expressions of being so calm and kind will be the attitude of most drivers on the road, not those youth attitude that never respect others on the road

    • Thanks for commenting, Marlon. I couldn’t agree more. It’s most often the young men aged 18-25 who couldn’t care less that need to think more about the value of life.

  3. Alexei (Anya)

    (Wasn’t sure where i could post this so i’m going to invade this wall :) )
    I have been looking around for someone or somewhere who actually cares about road safety for such a long time. I’m VERY glad my gran recommended this site. Yay! get to post my opinion and (hopefully) it’ll get read!
    Ok, basically, I am getting really really sick and tired of the drivers in Oman.. it’s even got to the point where expats (not all of them!!!) are driving as if they are the only ones on the road. Yesterday my sister and I got into a very unfortunate accident. Thank goodness all parties are fine. Me and sis are just a bit sore. It happened like this:
    I was driving down the beach road towards Athaiba, was going to drop my sister home and head back to work. the traffic lights were green for us but i slowed down a tad just in case they decided to change. We noticed a police car on our side of the road and we were wondering what was going on, but it just looked like they were just minding their own business. AS SOON AS i touched the line at the lights they decided to change and some random pops out infront of us. HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAME OUT ON A 3 LANE ROAD!!! You can’t imagine how many times i stressed that in the past two days. so basically we hit the back/side of his car and went spinning… Our air bags popped out and even half came off the dashboard.. the car started hissing so me and my sister freak out and i put on the hazard lights, grab my phone and get out ASAP. The police, who were so conveniently parked close-by come over.. but get this, my car is waaaaaay more damaged than the other guys.. i collapsed on my way out.. me and my sister were yelling at the top of our lungs at this man.. and the cops go to him FIRST? and he’s fine, his car has a bump the size of 2 footballs and my car is totalled… just stupid man… they go up to him and start with the long winded “Salam Alaikum, How are you? How is your Health..” bla bla bla .. THEN they come and check up on us… SMART…. We went to the police station afterwards and raise a whole bunch of hell and they said if this goes to court the Omani will be in the right because he convieniantly had a whole bunch of witnesses he pulled out of thin air… i’ll be guilty coz my only witness was in the car with me. FANTASTIC!
    Went to the station again this morning after being summoned and my mom took me… the women in my family are ace at raising hell :) She refused to drop it and in her (funny :P) Arabic she was making the cops, the other driver and even the people outside bad :P… man, i love her…Yea, so she refused to let it go so we went to see some top-notch at the station and he went through the case file.. i love this guy! he was the only one that bothered to actually LOOK through it, if we didn’t go see him then i wouldn’t have found out some legend info! The cops who were parked on my side of the road gave a statement and said I was crossing on a green light then all the lights messed up coz they were doing maintainance…

    All in all, i am SICK of the driving in this country and I am sooo thankful that it wasn’t a fatal accident. That was a life altering event though. So i’m going to try and do my bit and raise hell about the driving in Oman. :)

    • That’s quite the story! Thank God you and your sister are alright. I find that it’s very easy to get worked up when driving (and when discussing driving conditions) in Oman but I think having a cool head and driving defensively are the best solutions. Ultimately, I can do nothing to control the actions of others. I have to focus on my reactions and continue to pray that God will watch over my family. Thanks for sharing your story here on the blog. Be safe out there!

  4. Good for you Alexei!

    We need more young people like yourself to complain and I happen to know that you are a very good driver! Thank God you and your dear sister are both safe!

    Driving in the Capital Area is dangerous. It is just amazing the number of people who do not signal when changing lanes.You need to have a 6th sense. And the utterly foolish youngsters who try to push you off the road, even though you are observing the speed limit, is a daily experience for most.

    Out of the capital, driviing is hell on the secondary roads. As an example – the Birkat Al Mawz to Izki Road or, the Rustaq to Barka Road where you have vehicles coming towards you speeding fom 140 to 160km. Few locals observe speed limits.

    I think a poster/TV campaign, sponsored by the major oil companies to reach the heart of the family might help. Example: A picture of an Omani Mum with the caption `Drive carefully my son – No hurry – we CAN wait for you“.This can be broadened to include the father appealing to his daughter and so on. This might appeal to the culture and family unit.

    I sincerely hope that the Safety Campaign will be a big success. I have high hopes!
    Loved the story of the taxi driver!

    From Anne in Oman

    • Anne,
      Thanks for your ideas here. It’s funny you mentioned the problem with not signaling and cars from behind trying to push you off the road even though you’re going the full speed. These happen to be 2 of my biggest pet-peeves about driving here! ;-) Let’s continue to hope that something will be done to make the roads of Oman safer. I notice they are slowing doing away with roundabouts in favor of traffic lights which I think is one small step. Too bad the 10 days in jail news for use of cellphone while driving (falsely reported by the Times of Oman) turned out to be untrue…

  5. Hi Andy,
    Thanks for posting this video. I did not know AlHabsi has this campaign going on. It was a very touching video for sure. Even though it may not have a major impact on some people, I know it made me sit back and think about how I drive and what I can do to spread the word. I feel like some youngsters like you mentioned (18-25) enjoy the risk free life for sure..but here is the catch: they are not worried about whether or not they make it, but the mistake here is their selfish thinking. You may not be worried about what will happen to you, but do you forget that there are others on the road that can have a major change in their life (or no life for that matter) because of your reckless driving?
    Food for thought..

    • Jado,
      Glad you enjoyed it as well. Thanks for your insightful comments. It made me sit back and think about many things as well.

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