According to a press release by RoadSafetyUAE, Wasim Akram’s message addresses the lack of a caring attitude, a root cause of reckless driving, resulting in ample of avoidable accidents, injuries and fatalities.
The ex-fast bowler stated that cricket is a team sport. One must interact with others around and need to assess their moves and intent to be successful. He added, “You need to closely watch out and care for each other! We are in it together, as a team! Exactly the same applies on the roads! Watch out for others around you, anticipate their moves and care for them.”
“Caring means to be generous, polite and well mannered. We do not wish to be rude, reckless or conceited. This is what I do when on the road and I invite all my followers to exhibit the same manners. You have to lead by an example, I drive safe & care for others around me, do you?”
Founder of RoadSafetyUAE Thomas Edelmann stated that the cricketing legend’s support was precious. He added that his message will be heard and his followers will listen to his advise and guidance.
Edelmann stated that Mr. Akram visited the UAE recently for a community event organized by Nissan Middle East and he instantly offered his endorsement of their cause. He said that they were very grateful for his endorsement and for the facilitation efforts of Nissan Middle East.
The release stated, “Mr. Akram’s endorsement comes timely, as it supports the aggressive targets of the UAE government’s ‘UAE Vision 2021’ to reduce road traffic fatalities from 5.99/100,000 inhabitants (end 2015) to 3.00 by 2021.
“Recent studies published by RoadSafetyUAE in 2016 show, that 56% of motorists claim our roads have become more dangerous. The emirate of Dubai published figures, that Pakistani nationals represent the biggest group of motorists (24%) causing accidents, responsible for 24% of the fatalities and for 21% of the injuries,” the release read.