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November 28, 2019 10:19:00 |

Driving crazy

In Jammu and Kashmir, it has become a ritual to hold road safety programmes during winter, usually in the month of January. Apparently, it is warranted as road mishaps shoot up around this time. In the typical week-long exercise traffic cops could be seen checking whether the safety rules are observed or not. Seat belts, helmets, necessary paper work, licenses and sometimes condition of vehicles are ascertained on the spot, which is on roads. It brings a temporary change but fails to make it long lasting. We often blame traffic authorities for all that happens on roads, the mad rush, but never our own freewheeling attitude. Just to draw an attention on how we are primarily responsible for causing disruptions – think of wrong parking, honking without reason, wrong overtakes, brief halts to exchange greetings or even discuss a matter, using high beams and lights that are banned, jumping signals, pushing the cars into small spaces and reducing the safe distance to few inches. There are more, and no matter what, traffic authorities can’t help us out. The decibels that some drivers let loose after every 10 to 20 metres gets into the head of everyone, including the cops. To drive in the city has become quite painful. The number plates on vehicles nowadays remind us more of graffiti and creative arts despite there being clear rules on number and registration plates. Fortunately, the tinted glass trend has waned, which again is not something we could blame authorities for. In traffic jams, it is common to see some horn-obsessed drivers press the button in spite of blocked road. Honking when it is not possible to move ahead cannot be described as normal behavior. It is psychological, more like OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder.  Now we all know that the cops are not meant to treat the drivers with disorders. Therefore it should be taken care of by the people and responsible citizens themselves. Besides rationale, what seems to be lacking on roads is social responsibility. The government or traffic authorities cannot afford to have one cop watch for one driver. That is why there are rules. And these rules are not for the advantage of cops or government, but for people to have a smooth and safe ride. Collective social responsibility will solve many problems on the congested roads of the city, problems that exhaust people and drive them crazy. Good driving sense and road safety is not just to pass the test and acquire a valid driving license. The rules are supposed to be followed, acted upon while sitting behind the wheel.     

November 28, 2019 10:19:00 |

Driving crazy

              

In Jammu and Kashmir, it has become a ritual to hold road safety programmes during winter, usually in the month of January. Apparently, it is warranted as road mishaps shoot up around this time. In the typical week-long exercise traffic cops could be seen checking whether the safety rules are observed or not. Seat belts, helmets, necessary paper work, licenses and sometimes condition of vehicles are ascertained on the spot, which is on roads. It brings a temporary change but fails to make it long lasting. We often blame traffic authorities for all that happens on roads, the mad rush, but never our own freewheeling attitude. Just to draw an attention on how we are primarily responsible for causing disruptions – think of wrong parking, honking without reason, wrong overtakes, brief halts to exchange greetings or even discuss a matter, using high beams and lights that are banned, jumping signals, pushing the cars into small spaces and reducing the safe distance to few inches. There are more, and no matter what, traffic authorities can’t help us out. The decibels that some drivers let loose after every 10 to 20 metres gets into the head of everyone, including the cops. To drive in the city has become quite painful. The number plates on vehicles nowadays remind us more of graffiti and creative arts despite there being clear rules on number and registration plates. Fortunately, the tinted glass trend has waned, which again is not something we could blame authorities for. In traffic jams, it is common to see some horn-obsessed drivers press the button in spite of blocked road. Honking when it is not possible to move ahead cannot be described as normal behavior. It is psychological, more like OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder.  Now we all know that the cops are not meant to treat the drivers with disorders. Therefore it should be taken care of by the people and responsible citizens themselves. Besides rationale, what seems to be lacking on roads is social responsibility. The government or traffic authorities cannot afford to have one cop watch for one driver. That is why there are rules. And these rules are not for the advantage of cops or government, but for people to have a smooth and safe ride. Collective social responsibility will solve many problems on the congested roads of the city, problems that exhaust people and drive them crazy. Good driving sense and road safety is not just to pass the test and acquire a valid driving license. The rules are supposed to be followed, acted upon while sitting behind the wheel.     

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