Smooth traf­fic, safer roads

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

IN a city of 1.5 mil­lion cars and con­stant com­mut­ing through the day and night, mo­torists will grum­ble about traf­fic and the long waits at traf­fic lights. That is nat­u­ral. The Roads and Trans­port Author­ity (RTA), which man­ages the sys­tem, has its logic on the du­ra­tion of the traf­fic lights. It must be com­mended for en­sur­ing the smooth run­ning in a very busy city and its en­deav­ours to im­prove the sys­tem. Mo­torists, on the other hand, must re­alise that they have a ma­jor role in en­sur­ing smooth traf­fic flow. Their lack of road eti­quette and dis­ci­pline leads to long jams that driv­ers fret over and then blame the au­thor­i­ties in­stead of them­selves.

When the lights turn am­ber, mo­torists ac­cel­er­ate as they race to es­cape the red light. This leads to a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion re­sult­ing in ac­ci­dents. Mo­torists also jump red lights in this scram­ble. Lives have been lost be­cause of this dan­ger­ous prac­tice and yet lit­tle heed is paid. The need to check so­cial me­dia, mes­sages and emails is a favourite pas­time at traf­fic lights that de­lays other driv­ers. These are the habits we see every day. The lack of dis­ci­pline and con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers leads to traf­fic jams that in turn make driv­ers reck­less as they speed to catch up on lost time. The RTA is mak­ing every ef­fort to en­sure traf­fic runs smoothly and po­lice try to main­tain dis­ci­pline to protect lives. But no amount of polic­ing and fines will prevent ac­ci­dents and jams un­less mo­torists play their roles to en­sure safe roads and smooth traf­fic. The re­spon­si­bil­ity also lies with them. — Gulf News

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