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Pinay mom cited for 11 years of safe driving in UAE

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Why can’t Filipinos at home be like her?

A Filipina mother has been cited for 11 years of safe driving, and has not gotten even a fine for violating traffic rules.

Mariana Yousuf, 37, a pharmacist, was among the 10 awardees of this year’s Responsible Road Users Award.

“I make sure I never break any rules, not just on the road but all the time. I am a mother of two and I usually have my children in the back when I am driving, so I have to be extra careful. One thing that I particularly focus on is give myself enough time to reach my destination, so I never rush or I am never in a hurry, which cuts down several violations,” she said.

Yousuf was among the 10 road users congratulated for safe road behavior as part of Shell GoldStar Contest, a road safety campaign.

The campaign’s organizers include Shell, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, Sharjah Police and Ciel Marketing and Events.

It fetes drivers for following road safety practices, such as using seatbelts, staying off the phone while driving, lane discipline, using child safety seats, using indicators and observing speed limits.

Also, it fetes pedestrians for using designated crossings; and those who observe road traffic safety practices to reduce risk associated with cycling.

Meanwhile, another Filipina winner, Lyrain Moratin, said the recognition will help her do better and be more careful on roads.

Moratin said she was surprised when police asked her to pull over, and to follow them.

“I was surprised to know that I was being rewarded for good road behavior,” she said.

At the time, Moratin said she was driving to Etihad Mall to meet a client when she was asked by the police to pull over.

The winners get a cash prize of Dh1,000 and a certificate.

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