Night Watch

Speedsters Beware!

A few months into the implementaion of the model Traffic Police System in Islamabad and you will note people hitting brakes to slow down to the required speed limit at the sight of a lone ranger parked with a trusty camera at the road side with a police car standing ready. And then hitting the accelerator to zoom away leavin them behind in the dust. Or waiting for the sun to go down before entering ‘Speed City’ gunning engines and stereos blazing in the rush!

Those days will now be a thing of the past thanks to the advent of ‘night vision’ speed cams. I was witness to the number of cars being pulled to a dutiful side by men in uniform on the main road between F-8 and F-10 at past 9. I’m assuming that these cameras use infra-red to flash those who are hooked on speed.

So people watch yourselves and observe the trafiic limits. On a personal note, my objective tonight will be to try and get a picture of the police car with the shiny blue lights standing alongside one of those cameras!

Drive Safe Everyone!

7 Comments so far

  1. Ali (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

    I agree I have also seen the police men fulfilling their duties after the sun sets, which used to be a rare sight. However I dont think they are doing their jobs right. Yesterday I saw a person overspeed, the camera cought him and the policeman waived his hand to instruct the certain car to stop, but it did not instead the cunning driver gave the indicater to stop by the road side and as soon as he passed the police man, he hurried off!.


  2. suhail (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    he hurried off??
    however i am quite hopefull he will not break speek limit again for atleast a week , :D
    guys..i have been out of isloo for two years now..whats the news about the new police? koi “dehshat” hay un ki nai?


  3. Jaded (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

    ‘Dehshat’ toh nahi keh sakte but the poor things try to do what they can to manage a heavy influx of traffic on roads that were not built with this kind of a rush in mind. But I think what makes their lives tougher is the fact that Isloo-ites in general seriously lack good traffic sense.

    Thanks for your comment!


  4. Phil (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    Ummm, well, I would disagree with Jaded saying Isloo-ites lack good traffic sense. I think they are the best in the country.


  5. 1967 (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 10:57 pm

    Yeah Phil is right. Where else in the country do you see people stopping on red lights at 1 am into the night. The worse are the taxi drivers btw.


  6. Jaded (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 2:20 am

    hey ppl,

    i didn’t mean to step on any toes here… it’s just that i see isloo traffic at rush hour in the morning and evening and it’s cars standing at signals in 4 lanes where there are supposed to be 2 and weaving through the tiniest places just so they don’t have to hit the brakes… and yeah the taxi drivers and buses and the public transport vans… and the people on the bicycles…

    i don’t know.. maybe it’s because i still have a hard time associating the traffic bulk of today with what it was a few years ago…


  7. Phil (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    True, the traffic of today is worse, in numerical sense, than it was 16 years ago. And the smog. God help our trees! :|



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