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Road Manners

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Mad Momma’s latest post  prompted me to voice my own comments on this issue. I lost my brother in 1999 because of rash driving. he was 20 years old then. Not many people know that I am not an only child, that I had an elder brother. I went off to college soon after and decided it was easier to tell people that I was an only child, instead of repeating the same story again and again. It was and still is way too painful, so those of you who know me, please don’t bring it up in a conversation without adequate warning.
I strongly, vehemently and totally condemn rash driving. I know that most of us condemn rash driving, yet many of us also tend to jump the red light on an empty road to get home 2 minutes earlier. Many of us don’t think twice before  giving the indicator  for taking a left turn  while being on the extreme right. Most of us don’t think twice about taking a right turn while the traffic is in full flow in the opposite direction. Jump one red light and you don’t get caught, and slowly it becomes a habit. Think about it folks, there is a reason that traffic lights have been installed and there is a reason why the light for you is red while it shows green for the opposite direction. Going on the NH-8 in the evenings is scary because there are so many mad crazy people on it who drive at speeds of 100-120 kmph when they can barely handle their car a a speed of more than 70-80 kmph. Ad the worst thing is that they keep switching lanes as well. There is a reason why I prefer taking the staid MG Road  and not the fast and furious NH – 8.
Drivers who honk unnecessarily on a really busy/ crowded road or on an empty stretch as well put me off. If your honking on a busy road, well Mister, maybe you ought to dump the Honda City and buy yourself Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Pedestrians, please remember that you and only you are responsible for your life – not that guy in the red Merc zooming down the road. Either be smart and wait for it to pass and then cross the road or else be stupid enough to venture out to cross the road. Its not easy for a driver to just stop his car suddenly while you decide to drat across when there is a clear green for him. Cross at a zebra crossing – but that still doen’t give you the right to dart across streaming traffic and expect them all to slow down because you are crossing the road. And use the pavement wherever possible for god’s sake – not the road. And remember before you cross the road –
Look to the left, look to the right, look to the left again and then cross the road.
Two wheelers & autos are the worst of the lot. They consider themselves a step above pedestrians, but they   use the pavements which are meant for pedestrians forcing them to walk on the road ; they consider themselves a step below cars so that’s reason enough to hop across dividers, take a U-turn where it is not permitted, jump a red light and  try to squeeze in between two cars where there is no space for even a person to walk.
If I use the road as a pedestrian and you as a car-owner, why don’t we respect each other’s rights and obligations and co-exist peacefully? Rarely is there a day that we don;t hear of some accident or the other.
I am not even going into road rage or drunk driving or kids driving their rich Daddy’s  Hondas in this post. Maybe we ought to start a movement for implementing road manners. There was an article today where kids were givng out red roses to errant motorists and asking them to drive carefully for their sake. 
None of us can avoid using the  road, but its essential to remember that these are public roads not your baap ka sadak (father’s property). Today your rash driving  killed my brother, tomorrow another person’s rash driving may kill your son or maim him for life. 
Think about it.
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Written by SupMM

November 13, 2008 at 8:39 am

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  1. exactly ur sentiments!

    utopia

    November 13, 2008 at 11:13 am

  2. I concur!!!
    Also – it is a good idea to get home at a good time.. cos the roads become more and more dangerous as the night progresses!!

    Arjun

    November 13, 2008 at 12:11 pm

  3. oh God – so sorry to hear that S….. Great post. More of us need to write such stuff.

    the mad momma

    November 13, 2008 at 1:21 pm

  4. Utopia: Precisely my sentiments. They all pay off the judges and get out of jail in any case or live like kings and make criminal contacts in jail and mark it as a badge of honour that they were in jail

    SMM

    November 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

  5. SMM,
    Sorry to hear that. It must be terrible. I’ve been so depressed the whole day, after witnessing an accident this morning. A guy’s ankle got ripped off his leg man! He sat WAILING on the road until someone helped. Terrible. I really really do hope people are more careful while driving.
    Regards,
    Pallavi

    writerzblock

    November 13, 2008 at 3:34 pm

  6. I completely agree with u babe! ppl in India really need to imbibe some civic sense which they so totally lack….u knw in Mumbai every other day ppl die by coming under the train…..jus bcoz they r in a hurry and they dont want to use the overbridge!! Its stupid coz they choose to lose their life rather than using the overbridge.

    Ria

    November 13, 2008 at 5:35 pm

  7. Hi, I lost my brother too and the hurt just never goes away. Our case against the truck driver is still in court, it’s been dragging on for 13 years now.

    Since then, my parents and I have tried much to educate people on the need for safe driving – that traffic rules are there for a reason, but I have to confess, it’s an uphill task.

    Maggie

    November 14, 2008 at 3:59 am

  8. Oh my gawd Pallavi that sounds scary. Recently one of the people in my office had a terrible accident and lost part of a finger because he had to brake suddenly when a girl just came out of nowhere talking on the phone right in front of him and he skidded and hurt himself while that madam coolly walked off. I don’t understand how can people be so heartless

    SMM

    November 14, 2008 at 5:21 am

  9. Hey Ria, I think we all need to be more proactive in pointing out when someone is not following road manners – but I know its easier said than done. If I tell a jaywalker that he is doing something wrong, he’s just going to ask me ‘tere baap ka kya jaata hai?’

    I wish there was something we could do to educate people

    SMM

    November 14, 2008 at 5:22 am

  10. Maggie, I can only say I understand the loss that you and your family suffered. But yes I wish thee was something we could do to be more proactive about this. In Delhi at least, more than an uphill task its an impossible task. Any ideas?

    SMM

    November 14, 2008 at 5:24 am

  11. Sorry about your brother, I know thats a scar which will hurt a long time. Your dead on about the total disregard for traffic rules in India, and I never knew I was an offender too till I came to the US.I nearly crossed the road because there was no one there , till K pulled me back and asked me to wait for the Signal. I wish the traffic rules were tougher and punishments scarier. That way ppl can remember that lives are at stake,when they put their leg on the accelerator.
    PS:Thanks for waking me up from my blog slumber

    Anu

    November 14, 2008 at 9:55 pm

  12. I drive everyday as u know, and not jst from home to office, but all over Delhi. It apalls me how people drive here. It is disgusting, they lack basic civic sense and love to dart randomly in front of a moving car. ughh..

    Rachita Bansal

    November 15, 2008 at 7:03 am


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