Road safety news from Arab online daily Asharq Al-awsat :

Traffic reports and studies presented by Saudi universities and local traffic departments reveal that women cause around 50% of traffic accidents, despite not being allowed to drive.
That percentage might be a little on the high side.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/14/2005 at 11:59 PM
  1. Cut and paste if link doesn’t work:


    Posted by Tim B. on 08/15 at 12:14 AM • permalink

  2. Who were the other 50%? Oh wait, I know.

    Posted by Jim Treacher on 08/15 at 12:22 AM • permalink

  3. It’s the nature of Islam, it’s all the wimmin’s fault.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 12:22 AM • permalink

  4. That’s right, kae! That’s why we have to run around in hessian sacks. We wouldn’t want all those men who know everything and run the show to get distracted by the sight of a well-turned ankle.

    Then again, maybe it’s becausethe blokes never get to see any flesh that they’re so uptight about women and our evil tendency to distract them from their dreams of world domination. Maybe they just need to get laid a bit more often.

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 08/15 at 12:33 AM • permalink

  5. Good grief! Imagine the carnage if they were allowed to drive!

    Perhaps the statistics are high due to the two or three Saudi women who break the law and attempt driving whilst wearing a burqa with 100% failure rate.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 12:34 AM • permalink

  6. Nilknarf Arbed, erraaggh. If they need laying, perhaps THEY should be wearing the burqa? (Two paper-bag jobs?)*

    (I was gonna comment on the wearing of Burqa being the cause of accidents, ie, they couldn’t see what was coming so they opened their doors at the wrong time, but I am pretty sure that Saudi allows women to wear modest western style gear, they don’t have to cover up).

    Well-turned ankle schmankle, all it takes is a bit of coiffure and they are uncontrollable!!

    Ex was looking to work in Saudi; it never happened - fortunately, I’da been bored out of my skull living in a compound with no work (no kids to distract me, either). I probably coulda spent a lot of money, though!

    *I wonder if they need to cover up the goats....

    Posted by on 08/15 at 12:44 AM • permalink

  7. I was talking to a mate who has spent some time in Saudi and he was saying that the kids really cop it over there because they don’t wear seatbelts and regularly go through the windshield.  He said they call the kids air-bags because you see toddlers standing on Dad’s lap while he is driving.

    Posted by Razor on 08/15 at 01:22 AM • permalink

  8. Goats are more at risk than camels.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 01:23 AM • permalink

  9. Nah, kae, two buckets - less chance of breakage.

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 08/15 at 02:02 AM • permalink

  10. they don’t wear seatbelts and regularly go through the windshield


    Posted by murph on 08/15 at 04:30 AM • permalink

  11. In Kuwait, women are allowed to drive, but not with burqas.  For safety, believe it or not (restricted vision).

    I say that because if Kuwait is any example of the Arab world, there aren’t any “rules of the road”.  I can see why Tim enjoyed driving here, ‘cuz speed is All Important.  But there’s generally no attempt at responsible driving, which is why I agree that this “it’s all the wimmin’s fault!” whine is crap.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 04:47 AM • permalink

  12. That’s because when some broad accidentally shows a little ankle and causes some undersexed Saudi guy to veer off the road and into a souk, they count it as being her fault.

    Posted by Aaron - Freewill on 08/15 at 05:37 AM • permalink

  13. It’s those hair rays. Even with a burqua, within the confines of a car, they can build up and drive men mad.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 06:17 AM • permalink

  14. If they weren’t all sitting in the back there wouldn’t be none of them back seat drivers.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 06:49 AM • permalink

  15. it’s those women backseat drivers, they cause most of the accidents in the U.K as well.

    Posted by Torontosteve on 08/15 at 07:31 AM • permalink

  16. Official causes of road accidents in Saudi Arabia 2003-2004:

    Women- 50%
    Jews - 28%
    Crusaders- 11%
    Women Jews- 4%
    Jewish Crusaders- 3%
    Women Crusaders- 2%
    Crusading Women Jews- 1%
    Allah Causing Infidels to crash- 1%

    Posted by on 08/15 at 07:33 AM • permalink

  17. Actually, it’s Saudi women getting revenge.
    Go, women!

    Posted by on 08/15 at 09:47 AM • permalink

  18. Official causes(II) of road accidents in Saudi Arabia 2003-2004:

    The Will of Allah - 100%

    Posted by on 08/15 at 09:56 AM • permalink

  19. Actually, it’s Saudi women getting revenge.

    Actually, the article indicates that one common situation is women opening the door without looking for oncoming traffic, thus, presumably, losing the door to the oncoming traffic…

    I’m guessing those veils don’t offer much by way of periphereal vision…

    Posted by Aaron - Freewill on 08/15 at 10:49 AM • permalink

  20. I’m guessing those veils don’t offer much by way of periphereal vision…

    But I’m betting they offer a lot of protection for private snickering when Hubby realizes his door is gone, and the other driver realizes his fender is toast.

    Posted by on 08/15 at 01:17 PM • permalink

  21. Well, I have a confession to make, I walked into a car just the other day, and it is all the fault of the high heeled, mini skirted babe purchasing coffee in the muffin break opposite my bus stop. Bent my neck out of shape too…

    Needless to say, this is unlikely to be the cause of traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia (damn religous police!)

    Posted by on 08/15 at 09:48 PM • permalink

  22. If you ask Arab men, Arab women are well known to be unable to control their sexual appetites.  If you let them drive, the next thing you know they’d be picking up men off the street to take them back to the tent to ravish them. They can’t keep their eyes on the roads, so ravenous are they.

    Actually, I think that Ross has his finger on it. 

    A third explanation might be that the other 50% are the fault of the camel.

    Posted by AST on 08/15 at 10:08 PM • permalink

  23. I think that the Hadith, companion literature to the great Quran, actually states explicitly that women have uncontrollable sexual appetites which must be kept in check (why don’t they just hobble them the way they do their goats?). I wonder how many imams and panjandrums, etc. got their heads fucked off before they decided to enter that opinion into scripture? Was some guy’s girlfriend/slave just insatiable? Did he finally have to say to her, For the sake of Allah, don’t you ever think of anything else? I’ve got a bleedin’ headache and my dick is bright red. Here, eat some pistachios and calm down while I get someone to make a sack to put you in. Hey...a sack! I’ve got it, Ali, I’ve got it!

    Posted by ekw on 08/16 at 12:01 PM • permalink

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