Sit belt the Seat belts…

Ok, one of the best thing that the traffic police in Islamabad has done lately is to put a fine on drivers not wearing seat-belts.

Being a big seat belt fan (it has saved my life in near fatal accidents, twice), I would recommend putting on the belt BEFORE starting the car, not after.

Thanks.

Have a safe drive, safe life.

P.S. Thanks to one of our avid readers (KABIRDAS) for pointing a logical mistake in this post!!!

17 Comments so far

  1. sceptic on August 30th, 2008 @ 6:26 am

    once or twice, it saved your life?


  2. kabirdas on August 30th, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

    And more importantly don’t drive rash. Safe driving has saved my life on many ocassions.


  3. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on September 1st, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    We are so happy to have you back Talha bhai. Alive =)


  4. Talha Masood (thandak) on September 1st, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

    Thank you PineApple.

    Shayad tumhari hi dua lagi thei :)


  5. kabirdas on September 1st, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) September 1st, 2008 1:05 pm

    We all are TWO happy to have Talah Bhai back alive twice in one fatal accident or was it once in two fatal accidents:-) Talah Bhai has yet to clarify this.


  6. Talha Masood (thandak) on September 1st, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    The name’s Talha.

    And it was two accidents, I have acknowledged you – KABIRDAS – in the post :)


  7. kabirdas on September 1st, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

    Thanks for correction. Will remember the correct spelling of the name in the future though it makes not much difference if you spell ‘rose’ as ‘roze’. Its fragrance will remain the same :-)
    Take care bearing in mind seat belts are no protection against suicide belts.


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  10. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on September 3rd, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    I noticed something interesting here, not in the original post but the comments. My last name is also ‘Talha’ and more often than not people write it as ‘Talah’ even after being told how it is spelt. Another version of wrong spellings is ‘Talaha’. It’s a pain correcting people again and again. But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. :-D hehe

    Thanks kabirdas for making this mistake and making this read interesting. :-)

    -Monazza.


  11. casper on September 3rd, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    it’s good to see drivers are using the seatbelts, it will be more good if police can ask both driver & front seat passenger to put the belts on……………….


  12. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on September 3rd, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

    Seat belts are good, no doubt. These are life savers, totally agree with that. But there is one hazard involved with putting on these as well. Seat belts beat the crap out of a nicely ironed ‘dupatta’ and leave it all crumpled. At the end of the drive, one (a female in this case) starts thinking if putting seat belts on was a good idea or was one better off without them. ;-) I am sure all the gals out there who drive to their offices would know what i mean. :-D

    -Monazza.

    PS: I am still in favor of seat belts, crumpled dupatta or not. Safety is more important than creases in one’s attire. :-)


  13. kabirdas on September 4th, 2008 @ 5:34 am

    I was in England in 60s when the seat belt law was introduced after a protacted public debate about its pros and cons. The law is strictly followed there now. I was again in the USA in 80s when the seat belt law was introduced gradually after many years of public debate about its pros and cons. There too the law is now followed strictly in all the states.
    I am here now when the seat belt law has been introduced without any public debate. It will now take years before the law can be implemented here strictly if not forgotten in the mean time. Ladies don’t take the seat belt law too seriously like we don’t take many other laws of the country seriously. Rule of law??????? What about rule of law???

    EeN khial asto, mohal asto, khwab ast
    (It is just an idea and it is difficult and it is a dream).

    If we want to have rule of law let us start at the top from the very beginning with the election of the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Let him be some one who meets the criteria of eligibility as laid down in the constitution ie he should be a muslim who is ‘rightious’ and ‘ameen’.


  14. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on September 4th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    @kabirdas
    All law abiding ladies do take all laws seriously, just like any law abiding gentleman. I can assure you. :-)

    Interesting stats about the implementation of the seat belt law. It was astonishing though that America took so long to implement this.


  15. kabirdas on September 4th, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

    montaleast13 on September 4th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
    It is interesting to see how a small punctuation mark or the absence of it can make so much difference in the meaning of a sentence. In this sentence: "Ladies don’t take the seat belt law too seriously like we don’t take many other laws of the country seriously" what I wanted to say was something to the effect " Look here ladies you don’t have to take the seat belt law too seriously —–". I did not want to make a statement to the effect that ladies don’t take the seat belt law seriously. I am not very good at punctuation. I think to correctly convey what I had in mind I should have put a comma or a sign of exclamation after the word ladies.
    Any suggestion from some one about this??

    Americans not only started the process of introducing the seat belt law late they took far too long (many years) to implement it. The law was gradually applied in various states. NY was one of the first two states which implemented this law. Other states gradually followed the suit. When 24 states had adopted this law it beacame a Fedral law and became applicable in whole of America.


  16. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on September 4th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    @kabirdas

    Yes, a comma would have completely changed the perspective with which i was looking at the sentence. Thank you for taking time out to clarify. :-)

    After reading what you said about the Americans and this law, all i can think of saying is "…And they call US backward." ;-)


  17. kabirdas on September 4th, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    montaleast13 on September 4th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    You say: After reading what you said about the Americans and this law, all i can think of saying is "…And they call US backward." ;-)

    I say: Totally disagree with you and NOT with Americans. We are backward,let us face it, in more than one way. America is a democratic country and this is what democracy is all about. In a democracy people decide how much of their fundamental rights and individual liberties they are going to surrender to the government. This obviously is a long drawn process and needs lot of delibration and discussion. In a democracy they are careful that govt should not become a ‘Big Brother’ controlling all aspects of their lives.
    It is for this very reason that America has not been able to enact gun control law for past many years. It is for this very reason that America has not been able to introduce a small inoccus prayer to be recited by children in the morning before the start of their school. It is not their backwardness. It is something entirely different.
    When Arabs slapped oil embargo after the Arab Israel war America decided to reduce speed to 55 mph to save on oil. Most states did not agree and continued with whatever speed they were doing before the oil embargo. Gradually most states agreed to reduce speed on their highways. California held out till the last untill the fedral govt under some law stopped their fedral grants for the development of their highways. That finally brought California down to its knees.

    What happens here. Zia comes and starts shoving Islam down everybody’s throat. Mush comes and starts preaching enlightened moderation. Jamali one fine morning bans fashion shows. Junego and then Gilani introduces austerity. Zia orders ladies to cover their heads and Mush tells they needn’t. No debate, no discussion even in the parliament is held before introducing such measures. That is the reason why most of our laws remain confined to the statute books and are used selectively.
    May be we are not backward but certainly we are not democratic. Our system of govt rests on the princile JIS KEE LATHI OS KEE BHAINS.

    It may be pertinent to quote here the first line of an article tiled ‘Pakistan’s Next President Is a Category 5 Disaster’ written by Bret Stephens in ‘ The Wall Street Journal’ on 02 Sep 08. It says so beautifully:
    "If there’s a case to be made against democracy, few countries make it better than Pakistan".

    So far I have confined myself to show that we are not democratic. I can also show that we are backward also but I would rather not. Then there will be no end to my rants.

    Take care. Do wear seat belts and steer clear of suicide belts:-)



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