Traffic Non-Sense

Why have we as Islamabadites completely lost any semblance of traffic sense, provided we had it in the first place. The ever increasing traffic and our day to day documented failure to deal with its pressures are apparent every time you get out on the road.

There are clear deliniations of lanes and turns and yet at any average traffic light, you will find cars squeezing into spaces near the kerb and making up a 4th and at times 5th lane just to get by quickly. In fact if you’ve seen intersections where the turnings have been marked out, you’ll see drivers taking a left turn onto the perpendicular and then a left from the middle of the road just to go straight down the road they were on hust to avoid stopping at a red light. (Try and follow the sequence of the turns… am sure you’ll get it)

And then what is it with us and bloody cell phones? Why is it that we have to receive an urgent call or make one just as the lgiht turns green and we get to go?

I’m not discussing the hazards that are posed by bus, taxi and van drivers in the city or even the bicyclists, although God knows they all deserve a kick in their respective seats but about ordinary people like you and me. The reason I mention it is because I know myself to exceed the speed limit on roads where I know there is no monitoring or at night when the speed cameras don’t work, just as I know myself to cross a red light when I know there will be relatively less traffic.

The onslaught of cars on the road has brought with it the stress, tension and short tempers but has also unfortunately, brought out an inherent carelessness and recklessness in Islamabad that stems from our failure to understand the magnitude of change in the temperament and feel of the city as a whole.

However, it is no excuse to be irresponsible especially when people like you and me who call ourselves educated, and who have awareness of traffic rules in general partake in such blatant disregard of the few laws we have in our state.

4 Comments so far

  1. Sameer Durrani (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

    well..i guess the motorway police is taking good steps to teach everyone , including educated people like us, a lesson by doing challans…I have had the honour twice..:)..but i am sure i wont be repeating the mistakes again..We definately need a monitorying system to get civilized …

    i had thought of writing about the four traffic zones of islamabad..with chokis at Blue Area , Peshawar Moore , Zero Point and F-8.. but i am not yet too sure about them..

    And btw taking a turn left and then again left..will result in a U turn…i guess you mean..a left turn..and then a right turn later ..thats the only way i know of getting rid of a red signal..

  2. Jaded (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    Oh yeah.. My mistake… Left and then a right to bypass red lights at intersections! Thanks! Proves that some people really do have more traffic sense than others :)

  3. Talha (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 2:49 am

    I lost my brand new k750i bought two weeks ago day before yesterday :(…I am sad!

  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 7:26 am

    hehe…drive in karachi…and thou shall appreciate the decency in Islamabad!
    btw…talking on a cell and driving is banned…isnt it? ive seen ppl in lahore and isloo do it too often….

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