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Warning Triangles, Flares, and Traffic Control

There was another accident outside my house last night, and I almost didn’t even call the police, but then . . . I did. I thought “It’s useless to call.” And then I thought “But at lease it’s SOMETHING I can do to help.” I am guessing people would have thought I was crazy if I had gone out and started trying to direct traffic (LOL; isn’t that a funny thought?) This time the polite man on duty took all my information and the police didn’t call back. A road warrior (traffic police) arrived nearly an hour later, but with the slick roads in my area, I can imagine they were very busy, and there didn’t appear to be any injuries to people, only to cars.

What is scary to me is how easy it would be for another car to come plowing into the accident. It’s night, it’s dark, people are in a hurry to get home and they have their route down pat, so they are on automatic pilot. Most of the time, they go past at a fairly fast speed.

Aren’t people required to carry warning triangles and flares here? Even just setting up a warning triangle a hundred feet back would have helped last night. A flare would have gotten attention and slowed traffic. People directing traffic around the accident would have helped. For an hour, those involved in the accident just stood around, so vulnerable. It’s a small thing, but it might help, in Kuwait, where even these very basic precautions are ignored.

October 30, 2008 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions


  1. Good morning ;

    I picture you as Intlxpatr The lolly Pop Lady of Mangaf ,

    Comment by daggero | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. You just cannot leave things alone, they must know you by now in all police stations.

    Comment by Purgatory | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. No, no, Daggero, I have more “flare” than lollypop! Picture me like the Statue of Liberty, holding a traffic flare on high. 🙂

    Purg, I thought of your advice, and almost didn’t call. I just can’t do it. It violates every rule by which I was raised. To stand by and watch and do nothing? It’s just wrong, my friend. The funcion of the police and traffic police is to serve and protect. Part of our responsibility as citizens is to assist. It’s inbred, there is nothing I can do.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. Intlxpatr :

    when you call the police station ,try to say “ِAloo Shurta”
    instead of Bolice , because the word Bolice is funny as it sounds like a line from an old Egyptian movie dialogue ,

    So go like this ;

    Aloo Shurta ,Salamo Alaykum ( Hello)

    fee ha deth (sounds like death )= Accident) Kabeer (big)
    fee Min Taqa (Area ) and give address
    Sha reh (street)
    Lo sam het (please) Taal Be sura ha (come quickly )

    If they ask shino esmik (whats your name )?

    Esmei (my Name) is UM John ( mother of my son say John )

    shukran ( thank you)

    Maa Alsalama ( good bye )

    They hopefully will say OKKKKKKKKK

    Try it and see if it will work

    Comment by daggero | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. Great Arabic lesson… I mean it. lol

    Comment by DaisyMae | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thank you, Daggero. I have copied everything down. You gave me the big “Aha” in that when i call, I forget to start with Salaam Alaykum. I had the information already of where I live in Arabic, but I didn’t have that KEY information “there’s been an accident (big).” That’s very helpful. Please come quickly – also very helpful. That’s the best help I could be given, thank you very much.

    Actually, I never said “Bolice” I always started with Tekelum ingleezi?” They must have thought I was very rude, not starting with Salaam Alaykum. God forbid there is a next time, I am better prepared, thanks to you.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. DaisyMae ; thanks 🙂

    Intlxpatr ; You welcome , stick with me girl we are going places hehhehehehe . It seems to all the police stations in your area .

    Comment by daggero | October 31, 2008 | Reply

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