What is the purpose of a yellow light signal?

I think this would be the most confusing question for the students of a primary class, if what Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, SP Traffic Islamabad, has suggested, gets materialized :)

I mean there are many variations to it: What if yellow is blinking, and what if it goes yellow after red, and what if it goes yellow after green etcetera etcetera.

SP Traffic has suggested that: “the traffic laws/rules should be included in syllabi from primary to higher secondary class to acquaint our children with traffic rules and regulations for bringing systematic change in road discipline and to provide safe travelling to the road users.”

The suggestion is good, and I think we actually need such measures to be taught. And coming up with such an idea shows somebody is actually thinking to improve the traffic quality on the roads. This adds one more point to the score of ITP guys, who are already doing quite good.

5 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 1:01 am

    4-6 class’ age is the most grasping and productive one. It’d be interesting to add such knowledge … and this is stuff that can be taught from practical example too.

    Aye Aye SP Traffic .. may the syllabi makers listen :>


  2. Memorial Power (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 2:38 am

    Not a bad suggestion. It would be a interesting chapter for the children. They usually love to learn more about the cars and things related to Cars. Atleast , they can learn the etiquette to drive in the future.


  3. tazzix (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    Very good move, I think we should copy the good things from the west, all we are more interested in copying is their dressing habits. We’ll have to wait some 30 odd years to see the results (which may mean not all of us will see them) but good work for our country in the future at least. It took European leaders more than 50 years of work before the Euro currency was printed, and still a lot of work remaining, but think SARC countries or Arab countries having a single currency in even 200 years.


  4. Sajjad (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

    When I arrived here from Japan a few years back, it really irritated me that a whole second was wasted by the yellow light before the green signal. There was no such thing in Tokyo. It would go straight to green from red.

    Another source of frustration was that almost everywhere I ever lived, traffic signals were timed to allow 2-way traffic, while in Pakistan, the signals always work in 4 stages, wasting twice as much time. Now I may be getting used to this though.

    Good to see such awareness campaigns, but our traffic system and rules should also be updated according to the increased volumes.


  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    How very right, education at primary to secondary level shall contain basics of road usage / traffic sense and shall be part of mandatory curriculam.

    Awareness shall be given a ‘jump start’ among all, PLUS – the govts shall paint / mark roads as well for zebra crossings, stop lines, hard shoulders, exit, entry & all applicable road signs & warnings.

    ITP – way to go lead your provincial brethern who are occupied collecting road side pocket money.



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