“It would be better if motorists adhered to the traffic rules”

Thus spoke our venerable Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Kumar after sharing with media the number of cases for speeding and rash driving booked over the last ten days (17,000 and 2000 respectively). Of course it would! But who knows what they are? Where are they available? Fact is, most motorists are woefully unaware of what is expected of them, leave alone the rules. Even the licensing procedures are structured in a way that thousands of people get a driving license without ever understanding what the traffic rules are, and more importantly, why they are framed. Two things are of paramount importance: FIRST, communicate to the public what the traffic rules are, and what is expected of them; SECOND, having communicated them adequately, police them stringently for a while to ensure compliance (that’s what the police are there for!). Then, once people have become used to following them, everyone will start doing so as a matter of course. But it’s ridiculous to expect that, in a scenario where most don’t know what the rules are, and the police have not enforced anything in years, to suddenly expect people to “adhere to traffic rules” or “exercise self-discipline”.

2 Comments so far

  1. Chandramouly (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 2:42 am

    Very true David. When there is no Proper education (traffic Education), you will only have chaos on the road.

    By the way, that ‘Ketkalaam…’ clip was too good and excellant satire..Wonderfully done as well..

  2. yogesh (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    i fell the same way to..we people must be properly educated..it wont help if 100 or 200 people know the proper road rules it would help only if the majority know it and follow it..
    heres a link where with post on the same topic different body

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