Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The State of The Traffic Address

In light of the fact that Qataris and quick learning expatriates are driving incessantly reckless over here, new laws have been implemented to ensure our safety. These laws took effect around the beginning of October. The fine for speeding ranges from QR 10,000 to QR 50,000 which equates to $2700 to $13,700, a bit steep if you ask me. Add to that the possibility of 1 month to 3 years of prison confinement. Needless to say, I'm driving like an angel, looking at my speedometer more than the road I'm afraid. The first day that the law took effect, people noticeably slowed down. Not near as many people flying up behind me, flashing their brights for me to move over. A month later, though, it seems that they all know where the "radar cameras" are and are back to their old habits. A lot of them, anyway. I'm not so brave. I know where the obvious cameras are, but many are still being installed all over the city. The penalty for talking on your cell phone while driving is $825 to $2700. Silence is golden. It's simply amazing, the government is going from totally ignoring all traffic offenders to tossing them in jail now & throwing away the key. They've gotten my attention and even David's, if you can believe that. I'm not sure how they feel about taking pictures while driving down the highway. I'll try to keep that a minimum and plead ignorance, if caught. I wonder if I can blog from jail? Anyway, they have beautiful sunsets here, if you could only find a place where there is not construction in front of it. I was driving to pick up Kristi one evening and brought my camera for sunset pics and got better pics of a little construction mishap.

***Hope y'all had a great Halloween. Kayla had over 200 trick or treaters from 6:40 to 8:00pm. She said she regrettably had to turn off the porch light, after running out of treats. We had about 40 of the little goblins here. They were the most well mannered kids I've ever had the honor to serve. Very appreciative and well dressed, as well. Back at home all you need to have to trick or treat is a Walmart bag, no costume necessary.


  1. I'm so glad all these laws have gone into effect before I make a trip over there. You know how David's driving scares me to death!! lol Guess they don't have defensive driving over there to get out of tickets!!

  2. i love the sunset! 2 weeeeeks!!! i'm so excited!


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