“Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.” – Unknown
‘Practice what you preach’, something all of us were taught back in school. Going by that, shouldn’t enforcers of laws be practicing much more, of what they are preaching and enforcing?
I happened to see this police towing van today. It was about 1945 hrs, the van had stopped to pick up a few bikes parked in a no-parking stretch. Look at the lights. Or the place where the lights were. A ‘police’ towing van with the left tail lights not working, and the left tail lights missing/ broken.
And that’s not it. At another part of the same stretch of road, where I was cycling in the last lane, a car that was parked, pulled out a short distance in front of me without indicating and without the lights on. Just like that. And when I looked to see who the crazy was, the bloke was actually busy on the cell phone. He went a short distance, and turned into a lane at a signal light, and turned on the indicator halfway into the turn (like that would serve any purpose). There was a lady cop right there, who seemed too busy picking her nose to bother with stopping someone who was on the cell phone while driving. As I rode on, I got to a stretch where I had to move into first lane (as all other lanes turned left). There, a police bike overtook right in front of me from the wrong (left) side, and the cop did not have his tail lights on either.
While we were growing up, we were also told that politicians are public servants. But if you look around, the public seems to have become the servants. I have seen tens of kilometres of road being cleared in a flash by the traffic police when a politician’s convey is going to pass through. And I have seen ambulances carrying patients who need to be rushed to the hospital having to wait it out, with the same cops either not bothering to channel traffic or doing it with the least possible sense of urge. The same chaps who are in the most crisp and quickest mode imaginable when a minister’s motorcade is going by. Like corrupt politicians, do you cops also believe the common man is the servant, and is somehow less deserving than the politicians?
I’ll tell you that a major percentage of people in India do not have much road sense as such.
- So does the traffic police intend to bring about a positive change?
- If yes, how does the traffic police intend to bring about that change if they themselves are not up to speed on so many traffic related issues?
- How do you plan to enforce when you yourselves either are not aware, or do not bother or follow or care about rules?
Bikers still continue to ride on the wrong side of the road at several places. That should be made a criminal offense. Most people feel their life is precious and all that, and I don’t think anyone deserves to put their life at risk just because some retard decided to save time and fuel by riding on the wrong side of a road.
Mr. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), please wake up.! Make your team capable enough to serve the purpose they have been recruited to serve. I’d be glad to have an opportunity to work with your team to make the Bombay Traffic Police a trendsetter for the rest of the country towards effecting road safety.