Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘My driver sisters:’ New traffic signs in Saudi Arabia address women drivers

The May 13, 2018 English daily The Arab News reports on new road signs going up around Saudi Arabia that explicitly mention female drivers. A link to the story is here, and the story is pasted in below.

CAIRO: Saudi social media users were widely sharing pictures of redesigned traffic signs that address both men and women drivers, according to Sabq news site.
The signs carried messages that read: “My brother driver,  My sister driver, abiding by traffic regulations protects your own life and the lives of others from danger.”
The traffic signs grabbed wide attention because they are for the first time directed at drivers from both genders.
In September 2017, Saudi King Salman issued a historic decree that lifted a driving ban on women.
June 24 of this year has been set for the implementation of this reform, to meet all requirements for women to begin driving, Director General Mohammed al-Bassami of the General Department of Traffic said on Tuesday.

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