What part of ‘Speed kills you’ you don’t understand?

What part of ‘Speed kills you’ that our youth don’t seem to understand? Really? With over 18 people dying in this Eid holiday in car accidents, isn’t it time for us to stop and question the causes of this phenomena?

This is not new news, every couple of months we hear about tragedies of young people dying on our streets. Road pumps, despite being everywhere, didn’t manage to stop it. Advertisment campaigns to increase awarnace of the risks of speed didn’t help either. Parents don’t seem to be able to have control over their teenage children of limiting the usage of cars for transportation (that is partially understandable due to the lack of proper public transportation in the country).

The bottom line is, there is a culture of high speed admiration that dominates the mind of our young men. I remember my late teenage and early twenties and how hard was it for me trying to manage my choices of getting into a car with some other friends driving. Most young men believe subconsciously that as a driver, they have to impress their friends with their driving abilities. The high speed driving is attached subconsciously with what our societies suffers from at large – worshipping masculinity. Smoking, fighting, and high speed are all forms of masculinity showing that is an essential requirement for a young man to achieve a high ranking in our lost youth communities.

With a lack on emphasis of the responsibility aspect of manhood in our schools. Lack of proper social programs that build on the energy and enthusiams of young people, and the lack of proper methods of expression. Our young men resort to high speed as their choice to inflate social pressure.

It is time to re-assess our education methods. The solution starts at our schools.


  1. You can’t imagine how much I agree with you. I tried to write about this very subject several times in the light of the latest accidents. Only to stop my self in my track from tackling an issue that is touchy, feely and has casualties (may they rest in peace) who are victims of their OWN mistakes.It’s sad, but at the same time. It’s inexcusable.I agree with you, and I think it’s about time we see some change. Or perhaps we should stop crying over the fallen people…


  2. This is only a part of the problem. In addition to this, the traffic signs and pavement markings are not done properly. The driving schools don’t teach you to abide by all the laws (well, there is a lack of those laws to begin with). And driving licenses are given out randomly.There is a lot that the ministry of transportation in Jordan can do to increase road safety.Statistics shows that although only 1/4 of the cars belong to third world countries, 2/3 of the fatal accidents happen in third world countries. The traffic laws has a lot to do with it


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