Attitudes must change!
It was the other day that I was waiting for some people to get off their black Corolla in a tight alley in front of some shops that something the driver did forced me to take stand. And I seriously felt that as a nation, our attitudes must change! What the driver did was to proceed to back up into the ally to parallel park in a space that was behind his car. Two things, not only was he backing up in the wrong direction in a tight alley, he was totally inconsiderate of other drivers behind him who were waiting for his begum sahibas to get off (the car).
14th of August is round the corner and looming menace of one wheelers on Islamabadi avenues and their pillion bombardiers (using crackers) is ever present.
However, help is on the way. A strong deterrent issued by the Islamabad Traffic Police says,
The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has decided to award two-year imprisonment and fine up to Rs 5,000 as the maximum punishment according to the law to people performing motorcycle stunts on roads like one-wheeling.
ITP’s camera equipped vehicles would also check violations by motorists on roads. “A mechanism has been devised for checking traffic violations through the installation of cameras. With proper monitoring by the Traffic Police control room, the cops’ performance would also be ensured.” [Link]
Some of us think that they too have a right to enjoy the independence day celebrations just the way other people do. I support this thought, only if they do not infringe on the celebration or participation of others. Not only in Islamabad, this phenomenon of taking to the roads and streets on motor bikes with mufflers removed seems universal in Pakistan.
Today we are 60 years too late of bringing any sort of good reform to our civic manners and limits. If it is of any use, lets try not to be party-poopers for the families that only want to drive from zero point to Abpara to the constitution avenue and then Jinnah Avenue just to see the beautifully lit buildings.
I love ITPs lovely ‘attitudes must change’ approach, because they HAVE to, and I get to know that my tax money is being spent, in one good way or the other.