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Impaired judgement and its fatal consequences

Mashari Althaydi

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Substances that impair judgement have existed since the early days. People who deal with these substances and use them have also existed since early times. What’s new however is the availability of public platforms and outlets which they can now use to convey their revelation moments and precious ideas to people via a click of a button. Only when the drug effect washes off, they realize the hole they’ve fallen into.

At this point, it’s just too late! The problem though is when this mad man develops an ego due to people’s reaction to him, even if they’re interacting for humor purposes or because they think he’s silly. In this case, he would increase the dose and diversify the madness until he reaches the point of no return.

This is not limited to those who record videos on social media networks. There is another dangerous and provoking phenomenon, which is the actual and materialistic recklessness via the so-called street terrorism. Sensible people have suffered a lot from these reckless people who madly and barbarically drive their cars inflicting death or harm on themselves and others. In some cases, it turns out that the driver was under the effect of drugs or under the effect of teenage recklessness.

Regarding the last phenomenon, i.e. the terrorism of traffic and streets, which is present in all Arab countries, it may have been good to penalize those who drive cars under the influence of substances that impair judgment

Mashari Althaydi

The terrorism link

Regarding the last phenomenon, i.e. the terrorism of traffic and streets, which is present in all Arab countries, it may have been good to penalize those who drive cars under the influence of substances that impair judgment, be it cannabis or alcohol or others. It’s true that all these substances are legally prohibited in perhaps all nations but this prohibition has not affected their existence or prevented people from taking them and using them.

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If the driver learns that there will be a penalty if he drives under the effect of drugs or alcohol, he may be deterred. A severe punishment can thus at least decrease this hideous and dangerous phenomenon.

Acting under the influence of these substances thus poses serious threats especially if one takes things from making statements via social media networks to driving. All this has fatal consequences that harm the society.

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The mind is a blessing. It’s one’s own decision if he wants to lose this blessing. However, those who want others to lose their minds or endanger them in the streets along with themselves must be deterred.

He who seeks death might as well seek it on his own and not make others perish with him.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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