It is common knowledge that women in Saudi Arabia do not and cannot drive, yet it seems that they are seen as responsible for half the country's traffic accidents, according to a report published in the Arabic daily Asharq Al Awsat recently. It said that half the traffic accidents in the kingdom were caused by women. But this is disputed by a senior police officer. There is no way that women could be responsible for 50 per cent of traffic accidents even if they are at the scene, said Col. Mohammad Al Qahtani of the Jeddah Traffic Administration. He pointed out that women could certainly be involved in accidents as being hit by cars or being a passenger in a car involved in an accident but that to hold women responsible for half the kingdom's traffic accidents was a great exaggeration. According to the Asharq Al Awsat report, which based its information on studies, said to be conducted by Saudi universities and the traffic administration, some of the reasons were women's being unaware of how to cross the streets safely, opening car doors into traffic as well as fights between husbands and wives. It did not name the universities or specify which traffic department in the country was enagaged in the study.